Active 2014

Youngsters get active in schools' test

TALENTED youngsters went head to head at the first in a series of sporting competitions.

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Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and Games mascot,  Clyde the Thistle, present Phoebe McInally and Sonny Campbell with their awards             Picture: Mark Gibson
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and Games mascot, Clyde the Thistle, present Phoebe McInally and Sonny Campbell with their awards Picture: Mark Gibson

Lord Provost Sadie ­Docherty officially opened the Active Schools Athletics Championships at the Emirates Arena.

Pupils from 20 primary schools based in the North West of the city battled it out for first place in the areas Active Schools final at the world-class athletics venue yesterday.

Squads made up of five boys and five girls competed in track and field activities.

They each participated in events throughout the day including sprints, throwing and jumping disciplines.

The event was part of Glasgow 2014 Legacy week and organisers hope the championships will become a regular Glasgow-wide sports event.

Mrs Docherty presented the top boy and girl with an award as well as the winning school team.

Blairdardie was named the winning school. ­Phoebe McInally, 11, from the school, was crowned best girl, while Sonny Campbell, 11, from Hillhead Primary, was best boy.

Every child was rewarded with a medal to mark the event.

Mrs Docherty said: "It's great to see our young people getting to use the facilities at the Emirates Arena.

"Venues like this are for the people of Glasgow after all.

"It's great to see them having fun using an arena that is fit for world class athletes."

Among the primaries competing were Kelvindale, Parkview, Caldercuit, Hillhead, Glasgow Gaelic, Oakgrove, Thornwood, Notre Dame, Whiteinch, St Mary's, St Charles', St Blane's, Blairdardie, Scotstoun, ­Yoker Antonine, Camstradden, St Patrick's, St Paul's and Corpus Christi.

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