Heriot-Watt students compete at World University Games

Sport and Exercise Science student Gavin Malin and Combined Studies  student, Patrick Dawson, were part of the  selection of athletes representing Great Britain at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia from 5 - 17 July 2013.

The World University Games is the second largest multisport event in the world, after the Olympic Games, with more than 13,000 participants representing 170 countries. A Great Britain delegation of 175 took part with athletes competing in Artistic Gymnastics, Badminton, Fencing, Football, Judo, Rugby 7's, Shooting, Swimming and Tennis.

Gavin Malin

Sport and Exercise Science student Gavin Malin was part of the team representing Great Britain in the final of the men's football competition against France on Tuesday 16 July.

The team won a silver medal after France triumph in the final at the Rubin Stadium. The GBR team reached the final after defeating hosts Russia 5-3 on penalties on Sunday 14 July.

Captain Kieran Murphy said: "The silver medal represents the highs of our wins against Ukraine and Russia, the team spirit, and all the memories we'll take away from Kazan."

Head Coach James Ellis said: "It's disappointment because we've got to the final and could have won gold. But we've done so well to get into the final again, it's a huge achievement, and I hope the players will reflect on that later."They've done their country and themselves proud."

Patrick Dawson

Combined Studies student, Patrick Dawson, competed in the u71kg category. Comfortably beating his opponents in the first and second round, it was the Serbian Ljubisa Kovacevic, who gave Patrick his first real test. After a good start from Kovacevic, Patrick won by ippon.

In the quarter finals Patrick met French student Jonathan Allardon whose physical strength proved too much ending his gold medal dreams. After a tight round Dawson edged Sommer's of Switzerland out to make the repechage quarter-finals.In the final hurdle before the bronze medal match, Patrick went behind by three yuko's   and with only 30 seconds left Nishyama pinned him to win by ippon.

Patrick came 7th in the men's under -71 kg category.