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Squash star inducted into University of Edinburgh Sports Hall of Fame


By Will Clark

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MUNLOCHY athlete Alan Clyne has been inducted into the University of Edinburgh Hall of Fame.

Images by Steve Cubbins - Alan Clyne (blue top) in action against fellow Scot Rory Stewart at the 2020 Edinburgh Sports Club Open held in February.
Images by Steve Cubbins - Alan Clyne (blue top) in action against fellow Scot Rory Stewart at the 2020 Edinburgh Sports Club Open held in February.

The 34-year-old, who studied physical education at Edinburgh, became the first squash player to be inducted into the university’s sports hall of fame.

The World Number 36, who went to school at Fortrose Academy, said it was a tremendous honour to be entered into the hall of fame and to be the first squash player to be entered into it.

“I’m proud to say that I studied at the University of Edinburgh,” he said.

“It was an incredible four years I spent there and the university was supportive of my studies and my squash. I loved representing the university throughout my squash career. When I learned I was inducted into thehall of fame alongside some incredible athletes it was a great honour.”

Clyne joins a number of well-known sporting personalties who have also studied at the University of Edinburgh.

They include Olympic gold cyclist Chris Hoy, Scotland rugby head coach Gregor Townsend, tennis coach Judy Murray, athlete Eilidh Child, goalkeeper Gemma Fay, rugby international Chris Paterson and rower Katherine Grainger.

To qualify for the University of Edinburgh sports hall of fame must fall under three categories.

They must have achieved medal success at the very highest international level, such as Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games, or senior World or European championship.

They can also qualify by winning more than 100 senior caps for their country or made an exceptional and sustained contribution to the administration of sport at the university or achieved some other notable distinction.

Clyne has represented Scotland three times at the Commonwealth Games finishing fourth in Men’s Doubles at Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018.

His biggest win of his
doubles career came in
2016, when with North Kessock’s Greg Lobban became world men’s doubles champions and won silver at the 2017 world championships.

He is also a 10-time and defending Scottish champion, winning the national crown earlier this year when he defeated Rory Stewart in the final that was held in Edinburgh.



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