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SRUC student curler sweeps closer to Olympic ambition

A Rural Business Management student from Scotland’s Rural College has Olympic ambitions after being part of a team which won Great Britain’s first medal at the World University Games.

Duncan McFadzean, 19, from Perth, was vice-skip of the GB men’s student curling team at the 29th World University Winter Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

The team bounced back from a defeat to eventual winners Norway in the semi-final, to win against Switzerland in the bronze medal match on Sunday – winning GB’s first medal of the Games.

Duncan, who hopes to win gold at the Olympics one day, said: “I feel like this is a great honour. It is not every day you get the chance to represent Great Britain.”

The Edinburgh-based student, who started curling with Perth Junior Curling Club when he was 11, got his first experience on the world stage last year when he was selected as an alternate in the World Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen, where the team came second.

Last month, he was part of the team which came third at the World Junior Curling Championships in Canada.

Hosted every two years, the World University Games are organised by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and see more than 3000 of the world’s best student athletes compete in 11 days of competition at the world’s second largest winter multi-sport event.

Duncan follows in the footsteps of former students Kyle Smith and Thomas Muirhead who won bronze at the Games in Granada, Spain, in 2015, and silver – with Kyle’s younger brother Cammy – at the 2013 Games, in Trentino, Italy. All three have since gone on to compete in the Winter Olympics.


Duncan McFadzean (centre) at the World Junior Curling Championships – photo by WCF Rachel MacRae

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