Sport scholarship for Mearns archer

Stonehaven archer Emily Blake has once again been selected to be part of the RGU sport scholarship scheme in 2011-12.

Stonehaven archer Emily Blake has once again been selected to be part of the RGU sport scholarship scheme in 2011-12.

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RGU: SPORT, Robert Gordon University’s £11million state-of-the-art sports facility, has revealed the latest recipients of its annual sport scholarship scheme. Joining the programme once again is Stonehaven archer, Emily Blake.

The sport scholars represent the up-and-coming elite in a range of competitive sports, many having already achieved both national and international success over the last year. A total of 21 top sporting students from a range of academic and athletic disciplines have been selected for the 2011-2012 year.

Now in its sixth year, the RGU: SPORT scholarship scheme provides recipients with a number of measures aimed at supporting their athletic and academic careers. This includes sports coaching, conditioning advice, physiological and performance testing, expert guidance on nutrition, sports science, performance and lifestyle management. Financial assistance is also awarded to support travel, training, equipment and competition expenses accrued during the academic year.

Returning to the scheme for the second consecutive year is Stonehaven archer, Emily Blake. Currently holding a staggering 28 Scottish records and ranked eighth Junior Lady in the UK, Emily (18) - who comes from South Lodge Drive - has been involved in the sport for five years. She has a busy competition schedule ahead of her in 2012, beginning with the Northern Area Indoor Championships on 29 January and the Scottish Senior Indoor Championships shortly after on 5 February.

Commenting on the scholarship support, Emily, who is in her second year of an Applied Social Sciences honours degree, highlighted the strength and conditioning sessions which she says have improved her posture and stamina.