S2 pupils of Craigie High School who were members of the Giant Heptathalon team with, Back Row L-R: Nicola Barker, Active Schools’ Co-ordinator, Alasdhair Love, Scottish Athletics, Scott Madden, Active Schools’ Co-ordinator. Front, L-R: Nigel Holl, Chief Executive, Scottish Athletics, Eilish McColgan, Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Sport and Commonwealth Games.
Dundee City East MSP Shona Robison, Minister for Sport & Commonwealth Games, today sat-in on the first International Athlete School visit of the Inspire 2014 programme.
The Minister joined officials from Scottish Athletics at Craigie High School to sit-in on an inspiration talk and Q&A with athlete Eilish McColgan to S2 pupils who had participated in the Giant Heptathalon event.
Subjects covered in the talk included training issues, dealing with success and failure, the life of an athlete and how important good diet is in developing physically and mentally.
Shona said: “This was an inspirational talk and went down very well with the pupils. Some of the questions related to celebrity athletes that Eilish has met but many more were good questions about how to make a career in athletics and how to sustain and improve performances over the long term.
“I was particularly pleased that Eilish is looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and stressed how good it would be to be in front of a home crowd, all of whom will be aware of who she is and will be cheering her on.
‘In partnership with scottishathletics, the Scottish Government has created a new programme for schools to help pupils take part in athletics. Inspire 2014 will complement the work of athletics clubs to ensure a smooth move from school into club athletics.
‘Inspire 2014 will help create a new generation of hopefuls keen to emulate Eilish and make their dreams come true.’
“Young and successful athletes like Eilish can make a huge difference in inspiring and motivating young people to get more active and participate in sport.”