A School of Medicine student is to head to the Gold Coast of Australia to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games alongside another University of Dundee student and two of our alumni. Karin Belch, who is currently in her final year of her MBChB degre will be heading out with the team as a travelling reserve, and isn’t the first of her family to go to the Commonwealth Games.
“60 years ago my granny swam for Scotland,” Karin said. “She’s very excited to see me go off to the Games.”
But that’s not the only family link to the Gold Coast this year, Karin says. “My mum is a physio, so she’s going, and she’ll also be joined by my stepdad who is an analyst. My brother lives in Sydney, my boyfriend lives in Melbourne, and my sister is doing a vet placement out there, so the whole family is going.”
Karin is delighted to have made it to the team, after having a difficult training camp. “I had to take a year out because of my final medical exams.” she said. “Then I came back in September, trained hard and got selected for the training camp. However, in the first week I tore my quads so I couldn’t play and then in the third week I sprained my ankle and had to fly home early. So I didn’t expect to get picked at all.
“It’s really good to be on a team with a fellow student and two graduates. When we were all in Dundee at the same time we trained together twice a week. Training was either in Stirling or Glasgow, so you felt as if you spent all your time with these girls. So it’s amazing that four out of four of us made it.
“Juggling hockey and a medical degree has been hard," Karin admits. "But the team in School of Medicine have been amazing and really helped me out this year. My yearbook actually says my most common phrase is, ‘Sorry I’ve got hockey.’”