First class passage to Glasgow 2014

COMMONWEALTH GAMES hopefuls Sammi Kinghorn and Jo Pettitt turned out at the Queens Centre in Galashiels on Friday to inspire primary school children from all over the Borders.

Taking part in the launch of Border Sport and Leisure’s 2014 Commonwealth Passport scheme Sammi, from Gordon, and Jo, from Peebles, encouraged the local kids to participate in all kinds of sporting events from now until August and earn themselves Gold, Silver or Bronze medals in the process.

A total of 34 children from nine local cluster schools took part in the launch of the scheme which offers 13 sporting opportunities to primary 4-7’s and seven to primary 1-3’s.

The scheme proved highly popular with both the children and local clubs, many of who benefitted from new members, in the run up to last year’s Olympics and Active Schools manager Graeme Murdoch hopes that even more primary school pupils will get on board for the Glasgow event.

“We had over 1000 kids, from primary 4-7, taking part in the Olympic Passport scheme last year and we hope to be upwards of 2000 this time around,” he told TheSouthern.

Local clubs can still get involved by contacting Graeme at

Sammi Kinghorn has already been selected for Glasgow and will compete in the 1500 metres wheelchair race while netball star Jo, a member of the Scottish Commonwealth Games long squad, will find out if she has been selected for the final 12 member team in May.

Read more about this story and see pictures from the launch in this Thursday’s great value Southern Reporter.