Glasgow student swims her way to Rio 2016

Glasgow student swims her way to Rio 2016

University of Glasgow student, Camilla Hattersley, has been selected to swim for Great Britain at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Supported through the University’s Sports Bursary programme for the last three years, Camilla’s achievement is all the more remarkable as she is studying for an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the same time as completing her swimming training.

Camilla said of her achievement in being selected for the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay team: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be selected to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games. I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet. This has been a lifelong dream of mine and one which I never thought I would actually achieve.

“The Olympic Trials were what I have been working towards for so long and I’m so happy that everything I have done has paid off. Now though the preparation for the Games begins and I’m going to do everything I can in order to give my best ever performances in Rio. I have an exciting few months ahead of me and I plan to enjoy every minute!”

Director of University of Glasgow Sport, Euan Smith, added: “After swimming for Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Camilla set her sights on gaining selection for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.  This is an unbelievably difficult thing to achieve considering only 26 GB swimmers will be on that plane to Brazil this summer.

“The cost of training and competing at this level can be significant for athletes so the Sports Bursary programme plays a big part in ensuring our student athletes have the support they need to achieve their potential. We are extremely grateful to the donors who contribute to the Fund and help to make success stories like Camilla’s possible.”

Swimming for both the University of Glasgow and City of Glasgow swim teams throughout 2015, Camilla set a new Scottish short course record in the 200m Freestyle event at the Scottish Championships and she was in fine form heading into the 2016 British Championships in Tollcross in April.  A superb three second personal best brought about a Silver Medal in the 800m Freestyle and then two fourth place finishes in the 200m and 400m finals completed a successful week in the pool and made sure that Camilla fought off competition to make the team.  

Camilla will now turn her attention back to her studies as she sits her end of year exams.

For more information on how you can support the Sports Bursary Fund contact Scholarships Development Officer Kate Richardson at Kate.Richardson@glasgow.ac.uk or on 0141 330 1867.