Hannah Pugsley was a Sports Scholar at the University of Exeter.

Exeter at the Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games kicked off in star-studded style at Celtic Park on 23 July and will play host to four current and former Exeter students who will be going for gold in Scotland.

Rugby sevens star Luke Treharne (3rd year, Medicine) has again been selected for international duty. Making his debut for Wales at the competition, the medical student already has a World University Games Bronze medal and World Student Rugby Gold to his name whilst representing Great Britain in 2012 and 2013.

Two alumnae Sian Gordon (English 2009) and Hannah Pugsley (Health & Sport Sciences 2013) will take to the stage. Gordon will be representing her native England in Bowls, whilst former Sports Scholar Pugsley will be taking up arms in the 50m Rifle.

Alumnus and former sports scholar Peter Swainson (History 2005) will be bolstering the Welsh hockey defence. Swainson who made his international debut for Wales in 2005 also captained the University of Exeter BUCS (formally BUSA) gold winning side in 2006. Swainson will be joined by current Exeter National League forward and European U21s silver medallist Nick Rees.

The Commonwealth Games is one of the largest international multi-discipline competitions in the World. 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 countries will compete in 17 sports over 11 days, from 23 July – 3 August 2014.

Acting Director of Sport Nick Beasant praised all of the athletes for the dedication. He said: “The Commonwealth Games is a wonderful international event and for many sportsmen and women is their first opportunity to compete in their first international tournament on a global stage. As such, the eyes of the world will be on these athletes, who are a fabulous example for all of our current students to follow. We wish them all the very best of luck.”

You can follow the Commonwealth Games and view up to the minute results and medal tables on the official website.

Date: 29 July 2014