Monday, December 08, 2014

Scholarship student Ross Murdoch named Scotland’s Sports Personality of the Year

“I have been overwhelmed by the support of the Scottish people even this long after the Commonwealth Games and I am looking forward to continuing on my swimming career on the road to Rio with the backing of my home nation” - Ross Murdoch

Star swimmer Ross Murdoch fended off tough competition to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year at the Scottish Sports Awards.

The 200m Breaststroke Commonwealth Champion was selected ahead of six other leading athletes to take the top accolade at the Sunday Mail sportscotland awards held in Glasgow last night (Thursday 4 December).

Finalists for the award included fellow Commonwealth Swimming Champion Hannah Miley and Winter Olympic Curling medallists David Murdoch and Eve Muirhead as well as Commonwealth medallists Eilidh Child (Athletics), Charlie Flynn (Boxing) and Alex Marshall (Lawn Bowls).

Ross, 20 won Gold and Bronze medals on his Commonwealth debut at Glasgow 2014 and then added two European Silver medals and two Relay Gold medals a few weeks later to etch his name into Scottish Swimming’s Hall of Fame.

“I feel very honoured to have received such a prestigious award in Scottish sport, especially as any one of the nominees put in performances which merited this accolade,” said Ross, a Sport & Exercise Science student at the University of Stirling.

“I have been overwhelmed by the support of the Scottish people even this long after the Commonwealth Games and I am looking forward to continuing on my swimming career on the road to Rio with the backing of my home nation.”

Ross has been supported by Winning Students since 2011, enabling him to effectively combine his swimming career with his degree.

Eighty-two members of Team Scotland were students or graduates of the national sports scholarship programme and Team Scotland were named the Team of the Year at the Scottish Sports Awards, having shattered its medal target to finish fourth overall.

Edinburgh Napier University graduate Lynsey Sharp collected the award for the Inspirational Performance of the Year, her 800m Commonwealth Silver medal achieved just hours after being floored by a sickness bug.

Winning Students sponsor the Young Sports Personality of the Year award which was won by golfer Bradley Neil, the former Perth College UHI student recognised for a stellar season which included victory at The Amateur Championship and a rise to top five in the World Amateur Rankings.

There was also recognition for top coaches and managers, with JudoScotland National High Performance Coach David Somerville and Scottish Swimming Performance Director Ally Whike finalists in the Coach of the Year category.

Find out more about Winning Students at www.winningstudents-scotland.ac.uk

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