Congratulations to seven-time European champion swimmer and Olympian Lucy Hope (MA(Hons) Accounting and Business 2021) who has been inducted into the University of Edinburgh’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Lucy Hope  in a swimming pool waving
Photo courtesy of Scottish Swimming

A specialist in the 100 and 200 metre freestyle, Lucy was a key member of the University Performance Swimming Programme. She received her University Blue in 2018-19 and was awarded the Eva Bailey Cup for most distinguished female athletic performance in 2019-20 and 2020-2. She is amongst only a handful of people to win the award twice.

Lucy has excelled on the national and international stage. First representing Scotland aged 17, Lucy competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games finishing 4th in the 4x100m Medley Relay and 5th in both 100m and 200m Freestyle relays. From there Lucy thrived in both relay and individual races competing at two more Commonwealth Games, claiming bronze at the 2023 World Championships and medalling 7 times at the British Swimming Championships including winning two gold medals in 2018 for the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

On the European stage Lucy has shone in Mixed and Freestyle relays. She won gold at her first appearance in 2018 as part of the 4x200m Freestyle relay team and repeated her podium success nine times, claiming gold at six subsequent championships.

Lucy secured her spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (2021) following her success at the 2021 European Championships where she broke the Scottish 100m freestyle record during the 4x100m relay final and at the British Swimming championships where she produced the only sub-two minute swim in the 200m freestyle. At the 2020 Olympics, Lucy proved her talent as part of the women's 4x100m freestyle relay finishing in fifth place.

Next stop - Paris!

Following another successful Olympic trials campaign, Lucy was selected as part of the GB squad for the 2024 Paris Olympics this summer.

Here in the Business School, we are all hugely proud of Lucy’s swimming achievements both whilst she was a student and since graduating. We congratulate her on being inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame and wish her and the rest of the GB team the very best of luck at the Paris Olympics 2024.
Gavin Jack, UEBS Dean

Lucy continues to be an inspiration to young athletes having demonstrated her skill and commitment to performing consistently at the highest level in her sport.

More information on the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.