UWS students and alumni enjoyed a very successful 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, playing their part in Team Scotland’s best-ever performance in an overseas games.
UWS Creative Industries graduate Kirsty Gilmour (pictured above) won a medal for the second successive games, taking bronze in the women’s singles badminton with a 21-11, 21-16 win over Canada’s Michelle Li in the bronze medal match.
In the pool, Team UWS Swimmer Craig McNally reached the final of both the individual 50m and 200m backstroke, finishing seventh in both finals – a huge achievement. He also led off the Team Scotland 4x100m medley relay team which just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the final swimming event of the games.
UWS Winning Students Scholar Karen Darke, who in 2016 added Paralympic Gold Medallist to her impressive list of sporting achievements just missed out on a medal at Gold Coast 2018, finishing fourth in the para-triathlon event.
Former UWS student Callum Hawkins was hugely unfortunate to miss out on a what looked a certain gold medal in the men’s marathon. Callum had a clear lead entering the closing stages before he was overcome by exhaustion and the extreme heat – which caused nearly a third of the field to drop out - just 2km from the finish of the race. Fortunately Callum was released from hospital and rejoined the team at the athletes’ village the following day.