World University Winter Games  2019

Celebrating success Strathclyde students heading to World University Winter Games

Four Strathclyde students have been named in the 58-strong Great Britain squad for the World University Winter Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, in March.

Engineering students Ryan McCormack (pictured above), Robin William McCall and Luke Carson are in the curling squad, while Law student Joshua Grieveson has been chosen for ice hockey.   

60 seconds with Ryan McCormack

Tell us about yourself

I’m from Lockerbie, study Chemical Engineering and am in my 2nd year.

When and why did you first get in to curling?

I started curling when I was 10 at a local 'come and try' session. There’s lots of world and olympic medalists from Lockerbie so I was probably inspired by them as well as my uncle, who is also a curler.

How you did feel when you found out about your inclusion in the squad?

I was buzzing to be picked and get the chance to represent GB.  It’s a multi-sport event and it’s great to get a whole new experience at an event that’s not just got curlers there.

How are you feeling about the upcoming games and what do you hope to achieve?

I think we all want to come home with a medal, ideally gold and I’m excited for the opportunity to prove myself on a big stage. The only thing that does concern me is the near -40 temperatures in Krasnoyarsk.

Any shout-outs to fellow Strathclyders who are supporting you?

I’d definitely like to thank Adam Crook and Janice Buchanan, the trainers at my sessions in strathclyde sport - they are heroes. Also the Strathclyde Sport Scholarship programme for their support.

Can you tell us a fun fact about curling?

An average player can burn over 700 calories in one game of curling. It's good way to keep fit.