Stirling Squad Heads Down Under For Training Camp

Just as their home country of Scotland is registering temperatures in the 40 and 30 degree Fahrenheit range, the University of Stirling swimming squad is enjoying the sunshine while down under.  

Top athletes from Stirling, including 2014 Commonwealth Champion, Ross Murdoch, 2015 FINA World Championships relay gold medalist, Robbie Renwick, and rising breaststroking star Craig Benson have combined with additional swimmers from Warrender and Edinburgh University for a month-long pre-Olympic training camp in Perth, Western Australia.

The athletes are training throughout the month of January at HBF Stadium within the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) as part of their ongoing preparations for the British Olympic Trials slated for April. Upon completion of the camp, the Stirling squad will then head to Amiens, France for the second stop of the 2016 Golden Tour scheduled for February 5th-7th.

Michael Jamieson, Keri-Anne Payne, and youngster Stephen Milne are among the additional athletes listed below who are taking part in the Australian camp.

University of Stirling:

Craig Benson
Lewis Smith
Cameron Brodie
Jordan Hughes
Duncan Scott
Martyn Walton
Craig McLean
Ross Murdoch
Robbie Renwick
Jak Scott
Danielle Huskison
Charlie Boldison
Ben Higson (Coach)
Steve Tigg (Coach)
Adrian Campbell (Sport Scientist)


Craig McNally
Scott Quinn
Keri-Anne Payne
Laurel Bailey (Coach)


Stephen Milne
Ann Dickson (Coach)


Camilla Hattersley

Edinburgh University:

Michael Jamieson
Kathryn Johnston
Emily Jones
Lucy Hope
Euan Inglis
Mat Trodden (Coach)

Scottish Head Coach Alan Lynn
Team Manager Lindsay Lewis
Physio James Cruikshank

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8 years ago

Kathleen Dawson is there

M Palota
8 years ago

Bit of an error in the article in that the Scots, as a whole, do not tan. They burn – and burn bad – but they don’t tan.

Gina Rhinestone
Reply to  M Palota
8 years ago

5 -10,000 years ago it was much warmer in Scotland . Perhaps they will dig up someone from those communities & your theories will be shot . Look he has a tan!

M Palota
Reply to  Gina Rhinestone
8 years ago

Those are freckles blending together. My red-headed Irish wife calls that “pre-burn”.

Graham Murdoch
Reply to  M Palota
8 years ago
Gina Rhinestone
Reply to  Graham Murdoch
8 years ago

Ross – I am so going to shoppe some bearskins on those guys & present it as anthropological proof .

Gina Rhinestone
Reply to  Graham Murdoch
8 years ago

whoops -Graham !

M Palota
Reply to  Graham Murdoch
8 years ago

Too funny!!

A story, if I may… Back when I was swimming, we’d be in the change rooms at international meets and everybody had tan-lines. Everybody, that is, except the Brits. The Swedes had tan-lines, the Finns had tan-lines, even the Russians had tan-lines. Not the Brits. They were alabaster, head to toe.

Claire boldison
8 years ago

Think you will find Charlie Boldison is also there ?!

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