UWS Graduates Set to Star at Birmingham Commonwealth Games

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A number of University of the West of Scotland (UWS) alumni will be heading to Birmingham representing Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth games.

Two time Olympian, alumna and Badminton ace Kirsty Gilmour, has been given the honour of being one of the Team Scotland flag bearers at the opening ceremony. Now taking part in her fourth Commonwealth Games, Kirsty won her first senior caps at 16 years old and became the youngest badminton player to attend a Commonwealth Games for Scotland when she competed at Delhi 2010 having just turned 17. She then went on to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011, winning Singles bronze.

At Glasgow 2014 she became the first Scottish woman to reach a Commonwealth Games Badminton Singles final, winning silver. Gold Coast 2018 saw a return to the podium with a second successive Singles medal, this time a bronze.

Hockey duo Alan Forsyth and Lee Morton will suit up for Scotland following impressive GB careers whilst studying at UWS. Alan Forsyth, who studied Broadcast Production at UWS, will captain Scotland in his fourth Commonwealth Games.

Forsyth told Team Scotland that captaining his country is a special moment: “It’s an absolute privilege to be selected. If you had asked me when I was 16 or 17 when I got my first cap, I wouldn’t have thought I’d make it to four Commonwealth Games, so it’s an absolute honour to pull on the jersey again.

“When I think back to the 2010 Commonwealth Games – I think I was 17 – I remember playing India in Delhi and it was an unreal moment standing there for the Indian national anthem in front of 16,000 singing home fans. For me, as I get older, it’s really important to sing the anthem and take all these things in, and I’m looking forward to that in Birmingham.” Read the full article here.

Current Glasgow Rocks Pro Basketball captain, and former Team UWS Basketball captain, Jonathan Bunyan will be joining Team Scotland at the 3×3 Basketball following his historic 4th place finish at the Gold Coast 2018. Jonathan studied Sport Development at UWS and is a former Great Britain U20 squad player and has played professional Basketball for seven years.

Summer graduate and rising boxing star Stephen Newns will be looking to reach the podium at his second Commonwealth Games, following his 2018 exploits when he was defeated in the quarter-finals in Australia. Graduating only a few weeks ago Stephen posted: “Proud day to be graduating with a 2:1 in Bachelor Honours Sport & Exercise Science. It’s been a tough few years of balancing studying, boxing and working, so thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout all of it. However, the celebrations don’t start yet, Commonwealth Games starts in just 22 days.”

Making her Commonwealth Games debut at Birmingham 2022, is Sport Coaching graduate (2018) and netball player Kelly Boyle. Kelly has the Netball World Youths in Botswana in 2017, Super Cup New Zealand in 2018 and Netball World Cup in Liverpool in 2019 among her international appearances.

In the pool, Craig McNally will be heading out to his fourth Commonwealth Games. The former 200m Backstroke British Champion has represented Scotland, GB and UWS at the highest level including at the World and European Championships.

We wish all of Team Scotland the best of luck!

You can find full details of the Games schedule here on the official Birmingham 2022 website.

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