Primary kids set for passport launch

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PRIMARY schoolchildren from across the region will have a chance to demonstrate their athletic prowess in front of two Commonwealth Games sportswomen tomorrow.

Borders Sport & Leisure is launching its Commonwealth Games Passport Programme at the Queens Leisure Centre in Galashiels when 36 children from schools across the Borders will showcase a number of the Commonwealth sports that will be offered as part of the passport scheme.

Inspirational Borders sportswomen Samantha Kinghorn (wheelchair racer) and Jo Pettitt (netball), who have both been selected to participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will also be in attendance.

Border Sport & Leisure marketing manager Emily McGowan told The Southern: “The scheme has been devised to encourage primary-aged children in the area to enter into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games and participate in sporting sessions outwith school hours.

“This year’s Games being held in Glasgow gives everyone involved in sport even more reason to get behind them and our main hope with the scheme is to get kids trying, and enjoying, new sports.”