Olympian tours college’s new sports facilities

College's new facilities showcased to Olympian medallist

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Stephen Milne meets sports students

Stephen Milne, who won silver in the Rio Olympics, met sports students and staff at Perth College UHI where he is a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science student. He was also shown round the college’s new Academy of Sport and Wellbeing, where he saw the extensive sports and academic facilities and hair and beauty suites.

Stephen, who won his medal as part of Great Britain’s 4x200 men’s swimming relay team, told the sports students: “This is an amazing space and I look forward to seeing it in full use. I suspended my studies here at the college to concentrate on swimming full-time. You have to love it – I train six days a week and swim for four hours per day, with strength and condition training on top of that. However, it’s the best feeling and worth all the 4.30am starts when you’re amongst the best swimmers in the world, and getting the opportunity to shake hands with Michael Phelps.

“I’ve had three weeks off since the Olympics - with one more to go - before I begin my training again with an aim of selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”

The new Academy of Sport and Wellbeing development provides a vibrant addition to the Crieff Road campus and has an academic focus on achieving excellence in the delivery of sport, health and wellbeing courses to degree level.