Video: Paterson Joins Hall Of Fame

Chris Paterson at the University hall of fameFormer Edinburgh Rugby full-back and Scottish Rugby's most-capped male player, Chris Paterson, has inducted to the University of Edinburgh Hall of Fame, where he spent three years studying to become a teacher.

Paterson, who won 109 international caps and scored a record 809 points for Scotland in an illustrious career, will join Olympic 400m champion Eric Liddell, quadruple Olympic gold medal-winner Sir Chris Hoy, three-time Olympic silver medallist Katherine Grainger and Scotland's most-capped woman footballer, Julie Fleeting.

Commenting on his award, Chris Paterson, said: "I"m hugely honoured and delighted at this very special accolade. I studied Physical Education at Moray House for three years, never thinking I would go on to become a professional athlete for as long as I have. Hopefully I can continue to represent the University in the future as well.

Joining Chris Paterson in the Hall of Fame will be hockey player Alistair McGregor, who has won well over 100 caps for Scotland and Great Britain and who was one of the top-rated players and team captain of Team GB Hockey at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.



Also being recognised is Susan Jackson, one of only two Scotland shooters to have a 'full house' of Commonwealth Games medals, winning one gold, one silver and one bronze at each of three consecutive Games, beginning in Malaysia in 1998.

Jim Aitken, Director of the University's Centre for Sport and Exercise, said: "Elevation to the Sports Hall of Fame is the highest sporting award the University can bestow, and is designed to honour Edinburgh graduates who have achieved success on the world sporting stage._ Chris Paterson, Susan Jackson and Alistair McGregor have all made huge contributions to their respective sports and are very worthy additions to our Hall of Fame."

All three inductees will have their contributions to sport recognised at the University's annual sports dinner, within the Playfair Library at Old College on 30 May 2012.



BIOGRAPHY

Chris Paterson is Scotland's most capped male rugby union player (109 caps) and the first to have made 100 international appearances._ He captained his country 12 times and scored 809 points at international level - the highest total ever by a Scottish player.

Chris moved from the University's physical education degree programme to start his distinguished career in professional rugby in 1999, in the course of which he represented Glasgow, Edinburgh and Gloucester. A versatile three-quarter, he played at stand-off, full back and on the wing.

He played in four World Cups - in Wales in 1999, Australia in 2003, France in 2007, and New Zealand in 2011. He scored a record 40 points in a Test against Japan in 2004. Between august 2007 and September 2008, a period which included the 2007 World Cup and the 2008 Six Nations, he kicked 36 consecutive goals for Scotland, a remarkable Test match record.

In the 2004/05 season, Chris was selected as the Scottish player of the season. A popular and well-respected figure in the sport, he was awarded the MBE for his services to Scottish rugby in 2012.