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Borders kids get creative on Road to Rio

Live Borders received 107 entries for the Road to Rio creative writing competition.

The entries were blind scored by an independent internal team and the shortlisted entries were passed on to, Selkirk-based poet Thomas Clark, for final judging in late October.

Thomas said: “The standard of the entries for the Road to Rio competition was absolutely fantastic, and it was a real challenge to choose the winners.

“Sport and the Olympics can inspire us in many ways, and the imagination and creativity which is on display in the winning pieces shows that there is an amazing abundance of talent amongst the young writers of the Scottish Borders.”

Gill Swales, Live Borders Senior Librarian Children and Young People’s Services, said: “We were delighted with the quality and number of entries submitted by Borders school children; there is a wealth of young talent out there.

“Live Borders Libraries and Archives aims to nurture young readers and writers by offering a variety of events, as well as a varied selection of books and resources for children and young people of all ages, from 0 to teens including free Wi-Fi and PC use.

“Come along to your local library to see what’s on offer.”

Winners of the Road to Rio creative writing competition will receive a book token from Arts Development and a goody bag from Libraries and the winning entries will be published in the “Eildon Tree” magazine winter edition as examples of young writers from the Scottish Borders.

The winners of the Road to Rio creative writing competition are:

Primary Schools – Short Stories category (18 shortlisted)

1st prize – Natalie Beatton,  “Dreamer and Achiever”

2nd prize – Gudrun Yip,  “Rebecca’s Dream”  Parkside Primary School, Jedburgh

3rd prize – Hannah Bradley, – “At the Olympics” Langlee Primary School, Galashiels

Primary Schools – Poetry category (43 shortlisted)

1st prize – Jasmine Sharp, - “Magic Feet” Yetholm Primary School

2nd prize - Jared Anderson, - Table Tennis Sonnet – Ednam Primary School

3rd prize – Isaac Anderson, Olympic Pole Vault Sonnet – Ednam Primary School