Six Strathclyders to represent Scotland

Main beach on The Gold Coast of Australia.

Six University of Strathclyde elite athlete students will represent Scotland at the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia next month.

The students, part of the University’s Elite Athlete Programme, will compete in one of the world's most recognised major sporting events, involving 70 nations and territories competing in 23 different sports, from 4-15 April.

The athletes from Strathclyde comprise: 

  • Bethan Goodwin, first year Accounting and Finance, who will compete at Netball having progressed through pathways to play internationally for The Scottish Thistles.
  • Holly McArthur, a first year studying Mathematics and Statistics, will join Team Scotland to compete in Heptathlon as part of the Games’ vast Athletics programme. 
  • Alex Dunn, who is in his second year at the University studying Sport and Physical Activity, will compete in Badminton, having recently won his first two national titles at the Scottish National Championships.
  • David Weir, Chemical & Process Engineering second year student, who will be taking to the world stage in Artistic Gymnastics.   
  • Rob Harwood, a third year Psychology student, who will represent Scotland in Hockey, having made his senior debut this season, and
  • David McMath, a third year Civil Engineering student who has excelled through the GB ranks, will compete in Shooting. 

Flexible study

The University’s Elite Athlete Programme enables students who perform highly in sport to balance their studies alongside their sport. 

Where possible, support to have flexible study options available allows the student to maintain both high academic and sporting results.

The programme, supported by the Alumni Fund, has given much needed financial assistance towards the many sport-related expenses incurred by the students. 

The Elite Athletes Programme currently has 31 talented student athletes enrolled and is aiming to expand the level of support especially in the provision of strength and conditioning with a new Sports Performance Manager and coaching team being employed.

The launch of the £31m Strathclyde Sport facility in autumn of this year will provide much needed state-of-the-art training facilities.

Anne-Marie Hughes, Assistant Head of Sport at the Centre for Sport and Recreation and manager of the Elite Athletes Programme, said: “I am delighted that six of our elite athletes will be competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In addition nine alumni elite athletes will also be heading down under.

“This is testimony to the calibre of the athletes in our programme, and the amazing support of all the academic departments and staff who have gone above and beyond their duty to find ways to assist the student in this journey towards the Gold Coast. 

“There have been many success stories this year in terms of students competing on the World stage, at national championships and British Universities and College Sport championships.

Success breeds success, and these athletes are role models to both current students and potential students who may question how they can balance what is effectively a dual career. 

“The University of Strathclyde is earning a very positive reputation and recognition of the way in which it supports student athletes. We will be cheering them on from a distance and engaging in late night/early morning viewing.”

The Centre for Sport and Recreation (CSR), soon to be Strathclyde Sport, is dedicated to encouraging all University of Strathclyde students into sport and physical activity.

CSR works closely with the University’s Sports Union that boasts 53 sports clubs that students can join at all levels. CSR also offers a vast range of facilities and services to get students more active, from an expansive gym to fitness classes and social badminton. 

These services will be greatly expanded with the eagerly anticipated new facility.  For more information, visit