UofG Olympians on form

Issued: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:59:00 BST

On Saturday, runner Laura Muir competed against a world class field in the 1500m at the Anniversary Games in London. Laura not only dominated the race, she also set a new British record time, breaking Dame Kelly Holmes’ record from the 2004 Olympics.

In May, swimmer Camilla Hattersley took Silver in the 800m Freestyle at the British Swimming Championships. She also set a new personal best in the 400m.

A screenshot from Camilla Hattersley & Laura Muir's Facebook Live interview on 19 July 2016‌Both students have been selected to represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics next month. Camilla is already in Brazil at a swimming training camp, while Laura is training in France with Mo Farah and the rest of the Olympic endurance squad

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UofG’s Director of Sport Euan Smith said: “This is a proud moment for everyone in University Sport. Camilla and Laura’s commitment to their training and academic studies is phenomenal. To be active students in Aeronautical Engineering and Veterinary Medicine degrees and competing at the very pinnacle of world sport takes something special. They’re fantastic role-models for other students and athletes, and ambassadors for the University. It’s also important to recognise the efforts of the academic staff who’ve supported their endeavours. We encourage other staff to do so where possible.”

Glasgow University Sports Association President Ruari Thomson said: “Having Laura and Camilla going to the Rio Olympics is hugely inspiring. They have always been very successful when competing for the University Athletics and Swimming Clubs and we wish them all the very best for their events in Brazil.”

The School of Veterinary Medicine Executive said: “Being selected for the British Olympic Team is an amazing achievement. We congratulate Laura, her coach Andy Young, her family, friends and support team for all their endeavour and success to date, and wish her well for Rio 2016.”

Laura and Camilla benefitted from the UofG’s Sports Bursary Programme, which is supported through donations to the Sports Bursary Fund.

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