AN inspiring example – that was how the four Borders athletes who competed in the Scottish Commonwealth Games team in Delhi were described by Scottish Borders Council Convener Alasdair Hutton before the Scotland A v Italy A rugby match at Netherdale on Friday night.
Handing over four individually-inscribed glass plaques to mark the achievements of the quartet, Councillor Hutton said: “There can hardly be an honour greater than wearing your country’s colours in sporting competition. Anyone who has done it will swell with a special brand of pride not just in the competition, but for the rest of their lives.”
Commenting that SBC had tried unsuccessfully since Delhi to gather the four together, Mr Hutton added: “I am very pleased indeed that we have three sets of parents on whom that pride must shine as well, not just for having created these young stars but also supported and encouraged them in their ambitions.”
There were awards for Jak Scott, silver medallist in the 4x200m freestyle swimming relay, whose plaque was received by his parents, former SBC Councillor Jim Scott and his wife Rose; rugby sevens players John Houston, who was playing for Scotland A that evening and whose award was received by SBC Councillor Jock Houston and his wife Kate; Lee Jones, who was also playing in the evening’s game and whose award was collected by his parents Mike and Maureen Jones; and Scott Newlands, whose award was collected by Norman Anderson from Kelso Rugby Club.
Mr Hutton continued: “The pride extends over the whole area as well and it is as a mark of the pride that we in the Borders feel in the inspiring example that these young men have shown to the area that I am pleased to hand over these small recognitions of their achievements.”
“To get to the level these young men have achieved takes a dedication beyond the ken of most of us and they have thoroughly earned our thanks and our recognition of their achievement in carrying their country’s colours internationally.
“I hope we shall see all of them competing again successfully in international competitions and certainly in Glasgow in 2014 when we shall again be able to say you have done the Borders proud, lads.”
The presentation was preceded by the match which saw Scotland A make it three Netherdale wins out of three for the season, overcoming both Italy A 11-3 and the most challenging of playing conditions to complete a fine clean sweep for the campaign.
On Tuesday night Melrose fielded a strong side for their match at The Gytes against Peebles to run out 31-15 winners in the Border League Pool A and put them back on top of the table.
It was close at the interval when Melrose led 10-7 thanks to a Fraser Thomson try converted by Scott Wight, who also kicked a penalty, to a Shanon Temita try for the home side, goaled by Neil Warnock.
Nick Beavon scored two tries after the break, with Callum Anderson also getting a try to ensure Melrose obtained a valuable bonus point. Wight converted all three.
Peebles added a try by Adam Moffat in the second period with Warnock landing a penalty.
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