Tobermory Champions Importance of Sport and Study

A former Glenalmond College pupil from Perthshire is inspiring young people to make the most of combining sport and study opportunities in life.

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Tobermory Mackay-Champion, who is from Clathy, near Crieff, has this month achieved a First Class undergraduate master’s Degree in Earth Sciences (Geology) from the University of Oxford.

As of this year, he is also the holder of eight all-time University of Oxford swimming records and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Men’s 200m LC breaststroke Champion (2020).

On a visit back to his old school this week, Tobermory said his strong advice was for young people to make sure they continue to enjoy taking part in sport and other activities, like music and drama, as well as academic study.

He said it was simply not true that you have to choose between sport and academia to succeed, emphasising that sport is incredibly important for the mental health of young people, at school and after they leave school too.

“It is so important that you make time - and it is possible with careful planning - to take part in sport alongside studying. As well as supporting your mental and physical wellbeing, it also means that you get encouragement and support from different groups of friends,” Tobermory added.

He said he had very much enjoyed being back at Glenalmond, saying he has many fond memories of his time at the school where he particularly enjoying singing and taking part in musical productions too.

Tobermory has this month been awarded the Oxford-Radcliffe Graduate Scholarship to study for a DPhil (PhD) in Earth Sciences (Geology) at University College, University of Oxford.

Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond, said he was delighted to hear of Tobermory’s success. 

“It was wonderful to be able to welcome Tobermory back to Glenalmond and to hear of his strong affection for the school and our staff,” said Dr Alderson.

“We are delighted that Tobermory has achieved such success and we are also very pleased to hear about the importance of the life-long friendships he forged here. It is very rewarding for us to see pupils leaving Glenalmond very well prepared for their next steps and to see our former pupils making the most of life, whatever direction they take, after leaving us.”

To view a video interview with Tobermory click here