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Four students from The Winning Students programme took home gold or silver medals at this year’s Beijing Olympic Games.

The Winning Students programme has been one of Scottish sport’s success stories over the past fourteen years.

The programme ensures that student athletes get support and flexibility to train and compete while studying at a Scottish college or university. Since its inception in 2008, Winning Student athletes have performed at every Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

The three Men’s Curling silver medallists were Bruce Mouat, who studied International Festival and Event Management with Entrepreneurship at Edinburgh Napier University, Bobby Lammie, who studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Stirling and Ross Whyte who is in his 4th year of study at the University of Stirling, studying Sports Studies.

Mili Smith took home a Women’s Curling Gold Medal and studied Psychology at the University of Stirling.

As part of the programme young athletes are supported by scholarships of up to £6,000 a year. The money can be used for a range of sports services such as physiotherapy, coaching, psychology and training as well as academic related expenses such as accommodation, living costs and study fees. Winning Students scholars are identified and nominated by the governing body of their sport and the scholarships are funded by the Scottish Funding Council.