Sports fund gives top athletes a boost

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Sports hopefuls were given a helping hand with a cash boost from Glasgow university to help them pursue dreams of sporting greatness while undergoing fulltime study.

Southsiders Mhairi Agnew for volleyball; Michael McKenzie and Camilla Brown for hockey; Shaunagh McCuaig and Laura Burton for netball; and Matthew Hill for lacrosse were grateful recipients of bursaries ranging from £300-£1,200 to help with travel costs, buying equipment and training.

Extra Sports caught up with Shaunagh after the awards.

She explained how important the awards are to hard-up students, saying: “I’m in my fourth year of studying law at Glasgow and it’s like studying fulltime and training for my sport fulltime.”

The 20-year-old fourth-year law student began playing netball at St Ninians and lives at home in Muirend. She added: “This is the first time I’ve received at bursary and it’s a massive help. It’s expensive to compete and study, too.”

Shaunagh has played for the Glasgow district under-17s and under-19s.

Injury thwarted her ambition to compete for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games this year but she’s training hard to make the squad for the world championship in August next year in Sidney, Austrailia.

A university spokesman said: “We support students in achieving their athletic as well as academic potential whilst at University.

“With top-class facilities, coaching, mentoring and support services, we help up-and-coming athletes and those already competing at the pinnacle of international competition, to achieve their best.