Borders sporting greats are backing the future

Borders sporting Young Ambassadors enjoyed a three our training session delivered by some of the regions top athletes
Borders sporting Young Ambassadors enjoyed a three our training session delivered by some of the regions top athletes

Borders sporting stars pitched up at Earlston High School to spread some inspiration among the region’s up-and-coming athletes.

Chris Paterson (rugby), Katy Winton (enduro cross mountain biking), Janet Jack (hockey) and Catriona Morrison (duathlon) visited to give their select audience an insight into how to succeed and achieve in life.

The three-hour training seminar delivered by the athletes was attended by 11 pupils selected from six schools across the region. All of the youngsters were part of the Borders Sport and Leisure Young Ambassador and Lead 2014 initiatives.

The event was organised by Borders Sport and Leisure’s Active Schools Team in association with the Winning Scotland Foundation.

Borders Sport and Leisure has worked with the foundation over the last five years to deliver the Champions in Schools Programme that enables established local athletes to visit a chosen school to meet pupils and discuss how participation in sport can have an impact on all aspects of life and achieving goals.

Following the highly successful event at Earlston High School, the intention is to expand this scheme in 2015 to enable every Borders secondary school to host a session in the coming year.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “This is a really exciting development for the Champions in Schools Programme.

“In the last five years, the programme has really engaged Borders schools with a variety of high-profile sporting role models who have delivered a number of key messages about succeeding through effort and learning from failure.

“The opportunity for us to engage with even more pupils is one that we are really looking forward to.”

Catriona Morrison, programme manager at the Winning Scotland Foundation, added: “The Winning Scotland Foundation is delighted to continue its partnership with Borders Sport & Leisure in delivering the Champions in Schools Programme.

“It is particularly pleasing to see their commitment to growing the programme in order that as many young people as possible benefit from the invaluable messages that the athletes deliver.”

Pupils participating in the Earlston event were: Robbie Czajka, Melissa Gordon, Lauren Thomson, Thomas Otton, Euan Graham (Galashiels Academy); Georgia Paterson (Peebles High School); Gemma Watson (Earlston HS); Bob Hurren (Kelso HS); Niamh Sharp (Hawick HS); Mia Elliot, Lewis Turnbull (Jedburgh Grammar School).