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Graduation success for elite rowing star and Lagan rescue hero Philip

Philip Doyle will graduate today (Saturday 30 June) with an MB BCh BAO in Medicine

Philip Doyle will today (Saturday 30 June) graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Medicine from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University.

Philip, who is 25 and from Banbridge, is a current full Queen’s blue rower, and as well as winning multiple gold and silver medals in events at the British University and Colleges Sports regatta this year, he is also the first Queen’s University student selected to represent Ireland in rowing at a senior level when he will compete in the World Cup in Lucerne in Switzerland in July 2018.

Competing at this level whilst studying for finals in medicine is no mean feat and today Philip is celebrating the success of all of his incredible achievements.

Speaking ahead of his graduation, Philip said: “It feels great to finally finish my medical studies at Queen's, but also scary as the University has supported me so much the last two years.

“Continuing with both rowing and medicine from this point will prove to be very difficult without the backing of my head coach Mick Desmond and Queen’s Sport, but I look forward to the challenges ahead!"

In addition to his academic and sporting success, Philip has also been recognised for his heroic bravery when alongside his teammates Chris Beck and Tiernan Oliver, he helped save the life of Terry Bell who had fallen into the River Lagan during a Lagan Scullers Club river race, on the morning of Saturday 25 November 2017.

Philip was awarded the Students' Union President's Award for Student Achievement which recognises a student or group of students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership or have made a positive impact on society.

Commenting on his award Philip said: “I am thankful that I was in a position to help Terry that day. Many others in my position would have done exactly the same and I am very glad that Terry has made a fantastic recovery. It doesn’t feel heroic and when I am in hospital I see doctors going above and beyond for patients every day. I played a small part that day and hope that as time goes on I can make a bigger impact to patients in the future.

Celebrating his success and looking forward to the future Philip has an important message for other students.

“I would encourage all students in Queen's to get involved and stay involved in sport throughout their university careers. I urge them not to give it up when exams come and assignments start to build up, but instead use the sport as a positive factor to keep them disciplined and help them perform in both the exam hall and the sporting arena.”


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