Course inspired Katy

Mountainbiker Katy Winton wis one of many local athletes contributing to this year's Champions in Schools programme.
Mountainbiker Katy Winton wis one of many local athletes contributing to this year's Champions in Schools programme.
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Mountain Bike champion Katy Winton (pictured) told of how the Champions in Schools programme has influenced her sporting career at a showcase event held in Galashiels Volunteer Hall.

The event featured a number of the athletes who visit Borders Schools as part of the Border Sport And Leisure programme, delivering workshops for pupils and offering advice on goal setting, healthy lifestyle choices and adopting a winning attitude.

Over one hundred parents, teachers and pupils gathered for the showcase to hear presentations from pupils of four Borders Schools (Wilton Primary, Langlee Primary, Swinton Primary and Earlston High School) on what they have learned through this year’s Champion in Schools visits, in addition to Katy’s keynote session which highlighted how being part of the programme, when she was at school, helped to inspire her to go on to achieve her sporting goals.

Graeme Murdoch, Borders Sport and Leisure Active Schools manager said: “This year’s Champions in Schools programme has been another great success and the showcase event was a fantastic opportunity for all those involved to present on the key messages involved in the programme.

“The varied and enthusiastic presentations by the schools really highlighted how sport and sporting role models can assist children and young people to develop key life lessons that are applicable in all environments.”

The Champions in Schools programme has been running for five years and each year different schools within the region are selected to participate. To date, 60 schools across the Scottish Borders have been involved with the initiative.