Gold medals for Sports Scholars

Lisa Kearney and Patrick Dawson, Heriot-Watt Sports Scholars, won gold medals at the World Cup Judo Pan-American Open in Argentina. The competition took place in Buenos Aires on 22 March.

The success has helped in their quest to qualify for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Lisa, a third year BSc combined studies applied psychology student, took gold in the -52kg category (new category, formerly -48kg). She said of her achievement: "It's a good win when just returning to competition after eight months and with new rules and a new weight category."

"Coming up I have the European Championships in Budapest, Baku Grand Slam, Miami Grand Prix followed by the World University Championships in Kazan."

Patrick, a second year BSc Combined Studies student, picked up gold in the men's under -73 kg class. He said: "This win means a lot to me as it jumps my world ranking to 40th, and shows I can perform against world class opposition."