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Record 12 GSOS pupils represent Team Scotland

Record 12 GSOS pupils represent Team Scotland

Glasgow School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy has announced its largest ever representation for Team Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Eight women and four men will represent the host nation in badminton, gymnastics, hockey, swimming and triathlon. Returning competitors, including swimmer Michael Jamieson, badminton player Kirsty Gilmour, gymnast Amy Regan and hockey players Kenny Bain, Amy Gibson and William Marshall will be aiming for further commonwealth success. While Gymnasts Cara Kennedy and Carly Smith, badminton players Caitlin Pringle and Rebekka Findlay, triathlete David McNamee and hockey player Susan McGilveray are all making their Commonwealth Games debut.

This is the largest and strongest representation from Glasgow School of Sport and the school is very proud of its pupils. Angela Porter, Director of Glasgow School of Sport, said: “We’re delighted to have played a part in the journey of these twelve young people to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. “They have worked tirelessly to achieve their success. All are committed and determined to make Scotland proud. I am thrilled for them." Ian Anderson, Head Teacher at Glasgow School of Sport, said: “Their selection is a tribute to not only the athletes themselves but to the coaches and staff at the Glasgow School of Sport and Bellahouston Academy.”

Team Scotland’s Chef de Mission, Jon Doig, congratulated the 12 pupils and graduates, saying: "The school of sport has been supporting young talented athletes since 1999 and the record number representing Team Scotland in the XX Commonwealth Games really shows the value of these types of programmes.  “A significant number of the Glasgow School of Sport pupils have competed at Commonwealth Youth level. Seven of the school's athletes debuted in the full Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 and the experience they have gained since then bodes well for Glasgow 2014. They will be joined by a further six athletes from the school making their debut on home soil.”

MEDAL SUCCESS FOR GLASGOW SCHOOL OF SPORT AT COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES

Glasgow School of Sport pupils selected to represent Youth Team Scotland at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man have returned with two medals after a string of outstanding performances.

Senior pupil Douglas Ross (17) led the way, winning gold on the vault in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics individual apparatus finals. Douglas was one of six past and present pupils from the School of Sport who represented Youth Team Scotland at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games. Fellow gymnasts Cara Kennedy (13) and Carly Smith (14) were part of the Scotland team that finished in fourth position in the Women’s Artistic Team competition. Cara and Carly have already been tipped as potential Team Scotland representatives for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Recent School of Sport graduate Kirsty Gilmour (17) took bronze in the badminton women’s singles after defeating Malaysian Li Lian Yang in a play-off. It is the latest in a line of fine performances by rising star Kirsty, who has already had a taste of the senior Commonwealth Games in Delhi last year. Kirsty was joined in the Isle of Man by fellow School of Sport graduates Josh Neil (16) and Caitlin Pringle (17).

The Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Once again Glasgow School of Sport pupils have led the way for Scotland bringing home two medals from the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games. It is a fantastic achievement for two pupils from one school to win medals at the same sporting event.

“The School of Sport works tirelessly to prepare our rising sports starts for events such as this, which is becoming increasingly important as we turn our focus to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. These results show that our youngest athletes are on the right track for the 2014 Games.”

Photos are of medal winners Kirsty and Douglas and Douglas leaping over Kirsty, Carly, Cara and Caitlin and Councillor Archie Graham

RORY BEATS BRITAINS BEST

Eighteen year old Rory Pringle, current Scottish Karting Champion, won all three races of the British Super 1 Championship at Clay Pigeon Raceway in Dorset on Sunday.

Driving for K-R Sport, he dominated the TKM Extreme class, battling through the field to win his heat, before going on to win both finals in front of 21 other drivers.

Due to Rory’s mercurial abilities, he is tipped to follow in the footsteps of former kart champions and current Scottish racing stars, Allan McNish, Dario and Mario Franchitti, David Coulthard and Paul Di Resta.

Super 1 is the top British Karting Championship and hotly contested by future stars of Motor Racing, including previous winner and current F1 star, Jenson Button.

Rory winning one final was an achievement in itself, but to win both was incredible. You have to go back in time to current Force India F1 driver Paul Di Resta, to find the last Scot to achieve a double win in this, the highly competitive British Super 1 Championship.

With two remaining rounds in the Championship, Rory still has a chance of winning the overall prize. What is not in doubt, is that Rory will continue to win behind the wheel of a racing car and those who support him now, will benefit from a sure fire investment.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
SEVEN GLASGOW SCHOOL OF SPORT PUPILS REPRESENT TEAM SCOTLAND AT DELHI 2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi was a resounding success for the Glasgow School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy. Seven current and former pupils represented Team Scotland including swimmer MICHAEL JAMIESON who had an incredible performance bringing back a silver medal in the 200metres breaststroke, Scotland’s first medal in this event since David Wilkie won gold 36 years ago. Michael, who graduated from the School of Sport in 2006 and is currently studying at Bath University, missed out on gold by just 0.12 seconds.

“I was almost willing myself to be happier with the result but it took me a good few days to get over the disappointment. The result in the 100m earlier in the week really made me believe I could win it. Nevertheless, it’s my first major medal and I’m delighted. I have something to show for all the hard work, not just for me but for everyone who has helped and supported me over the years, including the school. There’s no way I would be where I am without the support of everyone at the School of Sport.”

In addition to Michael, making up the Magnificent Seven are badminton player Kirsty Gilmour, gymnast Ryan McKee and hockey players; Amy Gibson, Kareena Marshall, William Marshall and Kenny Bain.

Congratulations to all the pupils and to coach Derek Forsyth (Assistant Coach to the Team Scotland’s Men’s Hockey squad) and to Pupil Pathway Advisory panel member; Judith Marshall as her son and daughter, William and Kareena represented Team Scotland in hockey.

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Sim’s Sports Deal Benefits All

A unique sports academy has struck a sponsorship package with the Glasgow based electronic security company, Sim Ltd.

The money will help the Glasgow School of Sport, at Bellahouston Academy, tour Glasgow primary schools and introduce children to the possibility of combining a chosen sport with their secondary education.

Angela Porter, Director of the Glasgow School of Sport, said "The race is really on to find the stars of tomorrow. Apart from the proven benefits that involvement in sport brings to children, our city hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014 makes this a very exciting time to be involved in sport- at any level - this money will help us spread the message."

For the last ten years, Scotland's first National Centre for sporting excellence at Bellahouston Academy in Glasgow has catered for secondary school pupils who demonstrate outstanding ability at their sport while benefitting from a first class education.

Andy Sim, who is the managing director of Sim Ltd, a company specialising in Fire and Intruder alarm systems and CCTV installation, said "I spent twenty five years motor racing and have benefitted greatly from lessons learnt hard within a competitive arena. Our employees have worked to position Sim Ltd as one of the highest accredited businesses in our sector-similar to the dedication and tenacity demonstrated by the pupils of Glasgow School of Sport. This is a big reason why we are so proud to be supporting them.

"The Glasgow School of Sport offers not only a fantastic opportunity for youngsters, but a nurturing environment to teach athletes how to maximise their potential.

"As a Glasgow based business, working nationwide, our involvement with the Glasgow School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy helps to put us on a world stage in this, the dawning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow."

Angela Porter concludes, “The School of Sport provides world class coaching in Hockey, Gymnastics, Badminton, Athletics and Swimming and with Sim Ltd’s investment we have been able to introduce our senior sports pupils and recent graduates to coaching. Who better to inspire and motivate the next generation of talent than our young people. Our school is celebrating its 10 year anniversary of sporting excellence and the boost that Sim Ltd has given to us all has been incredible.”

The school boasts 100 sports pupils who have represented Scotland in their sport, two Commonwealth Youth Gold medallists and two Youth Olympians, including former pupil and hockey player Kenny Bain who is involved in this exciting programme. Kenny who started playing hockey at the age of five said, “I’ve achieved a lot through sport and my time at the school of sport. It’s a great feeling for me to give something back to the sport, helping young kids to take up hockey, developing their skills and hopefully ensuring they have a lot of fun as well!”

The Glasgow School of Sport received a further boost with a SPORTSMATCH award that matches Sim Ltd sponsorship pound for pound.  SPORTSMATCH is an award scheme that supports grass roots sport projects that encourage participation at community level, especially in youth groups. In Scotland, SPORTSMATCH is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by sportscotland.

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