Greg is aiming for World Championship glory

Curling star’s degree course has helped him develop as an athlete

Date posted

2 March 2017

14:54

A second year student is setting his sights on the World Championships and Olympics after winning the Scottish Curling Championships.

Greg Drummond already has a silver medal from the Sochi Games in 2014 and two silvers and a bronze from previous World Championships but last week’s victory in Perth will give him another crack at top international opposition.

The BA Business and Enterprise in Sport student and his team-mates will represent Scotland at next month’s World Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Their long term goal is to be selected and represent Team GB at next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Greg, 28, from Forfar, is delighted with the way the new degree course, which he is studying through online distance learning, has supported his sporting ambitions.

He said: "I have been a full time athlete since 2012 and I chose to study this degree as it was specifically aimed at elite athletes and provided a good amount of flexibility so that I can still focus the right amount of attention to my sport. 

“The course covers a range of different topics and has opened up some really good opportunities for me to further develop as a student, athlete and a person. A large proportion of the study is very sport specific and I am grateful for the opportunity to call myself an Edinburgh Napier Student.”

Greg currently plays vice skip for the very same team that won the silver medal for Team GB, with skip David Murdoch, second Scott Andrews and lead Michael Goodfellow.

They had a W9 L2 record for the week in Perth, and in the final they won 10-4 over fellow Edinburgh Napier student Bruce Mouat, who recently won the World University Championships in Kazakhstan. 

Greg said: “We are very excited about competing at the World Championships. We had a really solid week in Perth and finished on a 7 game win streak. We have just under a month until the Worlds start, so if we can put in a solid period of training we are confident that we can take our good form into the championships."

He added: “When the time comes and I am no longer an athlete, I have ambitions to continue working in the sports industry and I hope that completion of this degree will help me along the way.”