Olympian graduates from new degree course with class medal

Ice star Greg all set for a sporting life

Date posted

2 November 2018

11:54

Olympic silver medallist Greg Drummond has graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BA in Business and Enterprise in Sport.

The curling champion is one of the first students to come through the programme, which is designed specifically for professional athletes.

Greg Drummond with his Olympic medal and his class medal

Greg - who won his silver at the Sochi games in 2014 - was also awarded the class medal at his graduation ceremony in the Usher Hall.

Greg, 29, from Forfar but now living in Stirling, adds his academic honours to a string of curling successes which also includes four national championships and silver medals in 2011 and 2012 and a bronze in 2013 at the World Championship.

He has now taken up a coaching role with British Curling, which will see him working with the  next generation of young hopefuls aiming for glory at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Greg said: “I found the whole experience of studying and working towards my degree very rewarding.

“The university’s new Business and Enterprise in Sport degree is a perfect fit for anyone who wishes to study and pursue a career in sport at the same time.

“The course is specifically designed for elite athletes and support staff in elite sport, and provides flexibility to students who are out of the country on a regular basis. I found this very beneficial as I spent most of the winter away competing on tour.”

He added: “The course covered a diverse range of subjects specific to both business and sport which have equipped me well for a career in the sports industry now that my playing career has come to an end.”

The course is taught online, giving students the chance to prioritise study or training according to circumstances by committing to an appropriate number of modules.

Greg had been out of full-time study for a decade but relished getting back into the student mindset in the knowledge that it would support his ambitions to continue working in sport after he stopped playing.

Dr Tom Campbell, Business and Enterprise in Sport programme leader, said: “It gives me great pleasure to see Greg graduate from the programme as the class medal winner. This richly deserved award is testament to the attitude and commitment he has shown towards his academic studies and dual-career.

“I wish Greg well in his new sporting role and suspect it may not be too long until he is involved in further medal success.”


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