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Commonwealth Passport Medal Haul

Pupils from West Linton, Broughton, Newlands, Kingsland and Halyrude Primary Schools have been presented with sporting accolades by members of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games team, following the children’s participation in a special Borders Sport & Leisure Commonwealth Passport Scheme.

The unique initiative launched in January and was designed to encourage children to enter into the spirit of the Games and take part in sporting activities out of school hours.  All of the region’s primary school aged children were encouraged to participate in a number of different sessions showcasing various Commonwealth Games sports.  The children were awarded points on their passports for each session they attended and depending on the points accrued, they each received gold, silver or bronze medals or a certificate for their efforts.

Presentation ceremonies have been taking place over the last two weeks with awards handed over by Games athletes Chris O’Hare (Glasgow 2014 1,500m finalist), Jo Pettitt (Scotland netball team) and Grant Ferguson (fifth in Glasgow 2014 cross country mountain biking).

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were an inspiration to children and adults across Scotland and this Passport Scheme was an effort to encapsulate this sporting spirit and encourage young people from across the region to try out new activities.  We’re delighted that so many took up the challenge and hope that for them, this scheme will be a passport to an active and healthy future. We may even have helped to inspire some elite athletes of the future.”

The medal results were as follows:
West Linton Primary – 44 gold, 50 silver, 16 bronze medals and 2 certificates
Broughton Primary – 12 gold, 11 silver, 5 bronze medals and 4 certificates
Newlands Primary – 12 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze medals
Kingsland Primary – 72 gold, 28 silver, 16 bronze medals and 2 certificates
Halyrude Primary – 17 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze medals

Paul Murray, Borders Sport and  Leisure Active Schools Coordinator, said: “The Tweeddale cluster really got behind the Commonwealth Passport programme and I’d like to say a big thank-you to all of the school staff, parents and community clubs who helped children participate in the scheme.  To have Chris, Jo and Grant come into schools to present the children with their medals was a really inspiring way to round off the programme. Congratulations again to all of the children involved and hopefully many of them will now continue to participate in a new sport they have found as part of their passport experience.”