The Champions in Schools role model programme places top Scottish and Scotland-based athletes in the classroom to deliver a series of inspirational workshops.
Aimed at pupils aged 10-15, athletes deliver three workshops to a selected group of 20-30 young people over the course of an academic year in schools across Scotland. Each visit is approximately 6-8 weeks apart and pupils are set 'Champions’ Challenges' to work towards between each visit.
63 past and present Champions competed for Team Scotland with a further two representing Team England. Every one of those athletes did us proud, claiming a haul of 21 medals in total (19 Scottish and two English). Along with the medals won, many of our athletes achieved season’s and personal bests in their sport.
Many of the stars of Glasgow 2014 are long-standing members of the Champions in Schools programme. Judo gold medallist and flag bearer, Euan Burton, joined the programme in 2008, while fellow Commonwealth champions Sarah Clark (judo) and Libby Clegg (athletics) signed up to visit schools in 2009. Others have joined more recently, including the Renicks sisters (2012), wrestling bronze medallist Alex Gladkov (2011) and silver winning swimmer, Corrie Scott (2013). All of these athletes are in plan to be back in schools working with the programme during the 2014/15 school year.
Eilidh Child and Lynsey Sharp, both silver medallists on the running track, represented the programme between 2009 and 2012.
The stories behind each and every Champions in Schools athlete are littered with tales of learning from past failures, succeeding through sustained effort, setting goals and being part of a team. These are the messages that Winning Scotland Foundation want every young person in school to learn from. These athletes have put in years of hard work and dedication to be where they are today and are committed role models with inspirational tales to tell.
The Commonwealth Games provided an excellent platform for pupils to see some of our Champion role models in action and to be inspired to go out and achieve their own personal bests.
We wish all our athletes involved in Champions in Schools the very best as they continue to work hard at their own individual pursuits and inspiring Scotland’s young people.