Northern Ireland woman in fresh University Challenge eligibility revelation

“A Northern Ireland woman led her team to victory in University Challenge — despite being a student at another college at the time, it emerged last night. Five years ago Freya McClements, from Londonderry, became only the second woman to captain a winning team in the prestigious BBC2 quiz competition. But although the then 23-year-old led Magdalen College, Oxford, to victory over Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, she was actually studying Anglo Irish literature at Trinity College, Dublin — which, under the show’s own rules, would have made her ineligible to compete. The revelation comes just 24 hours after the BBC stripped this year’s winners, Corpus Christi, of their title after they fielded an ineligible contestant, Sam Kay …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 4 March]


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