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Olympians supported by The Robertson Trust

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We were delighted to find out that eight athletes who have received funding from The Robertson Trust are participating at this year's Olympic Games in Rio.

In partnership with SportsAid Scotland, The Trust supports a number of initiatives that aim to nurture and develop talented young Scots with the ability and potential to participate at the highest level of their chosen sport.

All at the Trust would like to congratulate the athletes, who are listed below, on their fantastic achievement and wish them the best of luck for their time in Rio.

Dan Wallace

23 year-old swimmer from North Berwick. Previously participated in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in which he won gold in the 400m individual medley and silver in both the 200m individual medley and 4x200m freestyle relay.

Supported by the Trust in 2010.

First Event: Men’s 200m individual medley (Wednesday, 10th August)

Chris Bennett

26 year old hammer thrower who is currently a member of Shettleston Harriers. He participated in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is the British Senior Outdoor champion.

Supported by the Trust in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

First Event: Men’s hammer throw (Wednesday, 17th August)

Eilidh Doyle

29 year old 400m hurdler from Perth. Represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and is the Scottish record holder for the 400m hurdles. She was the 2014 European Champions and twice a Commonwealth silver medalist 

Supported by the Trust in 2004 and 2005. 

First Event: Women’s 400m hurdles (Tueday, 16th August)

Callum Hawkins

24 year old long distance runner from Paisley. Finished 8th in the 2016 London Marathon, making him the highest British-qualified athlete to finish. He is being joined in Rio by his brother, Derek Hawkins, also a distance runner.

Supported by the Trust in 2015.

First Event: Men’s marathon, 21st August

Derek Hawkins

Older brother of Callum, Derek qualified for the Olympics by being the third fastest British runner in the 2016 Marathon. He competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in which he was the highest finishing Brit.

Supported by the Trust in 2011 and 2012.

First Event: Men’s marathon, 21st August

Karen Bennett

27 year old rower from Edinburgh. Karen won a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships and has competed at two World Cups. She has won a medal at the World U23 Championships and is a World University gold medallist. 

Supported by the Trust in 2010.

First Event: Women’s coxed eight (Monday, 8th August)

Luke Patience

29 year old sailor from Aberdeen. Luke competed in the 2012 Olympics and won a silver medal with partner, Stuart Bithell.

Supported by the Trust in 2005-2006.

First Event: Men’s 470 (Wednesday, 10th August)

Charlotte Dobson

30 year old sailor from Glasgow. This is Charlotte's first Olympics and she will compete with Sophie Ainsworth in the women's 49erFX event, which is making its debut at the Games.

Supported by the Trust in 2005-2006.

First Event: Women's 49er FX (skiff) (Friday, 12th August)


Please note that anyone wishing to apply for funding should do so via SportsAid Scotland