Scout finds her way into uni sports scholarship

Scout Adkin.
Scout Adkin.

PEEBLES hill runner Scout Adkin has been named as the latest recipient of the Robert Gordon University (RGU) annual sport scholarship scheme.

The sport scholars represent the up-and-coming elite in a range of competitions, many having already achieved both national and international success during the past year. A total of 21 top sporting students from a variety of academic and athletic disciplines have been selected for 2011-2012.

Now in its sixth year, the RGU scholarship scheme provides recipients with a number of measures aimed at supporting their athletic and academic careers. This includes sports coaching; conditioning advice; physiological and performance testing; and expert guidance on nutrition, sports science, performance and lifestyle management.

Financial assistance is also awarded to support travel, training, equipment and competition expenses accrued during the academic year.

A first-year physiotherapy student, Scout, 18, has become a popular figure on the Borders athletics circuit over the years. After taking up running aged 10 and, approximately three years ago, she came to realise her talent for long distance and cross-country running.

Scout’s dedication has propelled her up the ranks in recent years, and earlier this year she earned Great Britain selection for the U20 European uphill mountain running championship. In 2010 she lifted the U20 UK mountain running and British and Irish hill running titles.

Commenting on the scholarship support, Scout said: “The scholarship is great. It’s provided me with a structured strength and conditioning programme, with qualified coaches attending the sessions and helping with technique and improving aspects of conditioning that will really help me in my sport.”

Scout has a busy time ahead of her in the next six months, including the Carnethy 5 hill race near Edinburgh at the beginning of February; the Scottish senior hill running championships at Ben Lomond in early May; and the U20 European and World mountain running GB trial races from June and August.

Filippo Antoniazzi, director of sport at RGU, founded the scholarship in 2006 following the opening of the sports facility.

He said: “Huge congratulations go to Scout and all the recipients of this year’s scholarship, which continues to go from strength to strength, encouraging some of Europe’s finest young athletes. This year’s intake features a lot of fresh and talented young sports men and women, and we are looking forwarding to working with them to hone their abilities.”

Scout will now have full access to Robert Gordon University’s £11million state-of-the-art sports facility which features a 25m swimming pool, three gyms, a climbing wall and bouldering room, café bar, three exercise studios and a vast sports hall. The facility was established in 2005 to improve the sporting infrastructure available for the Grampian region and to act as a social hub for the university’s Garthdee campus.