Shawlands pupil kilts up the Commonwealth Games

The new Games tartan with designer Aamir Mehmood (15) of Shawlands Academy, Glasgow. Pic Bill Fleming
The new Games tartan with designer Aamir Mehmood (15) of Shawlands Academy, Glasgow. Pic Bill Fleming

SHAWLANDS Academy pupil Aamir Mehmood showcased his winning design for the official 2014 Commonwealth Games tartan this week.

The 15-year-old’s idea was chosen from thousands of entries using the Glasgow 2014 brand colours.

Aamir’s tartan was also inspired by Scotland’s national colours, and he added green to represent the multiculturalism present in Shawlands Academy, as 75 per cent of pupils are bilingual, and a total of 50 different languages are spoken between them.

Accompanying his design, Aamir wrote: “We should put all conflicts and rivalries aside and celebrate the games being held in Glasgow and Scotland, just as all the different nations will come together in celebration of the Commonwealth Games”.

Speaking at the launch, he added: “It’s an amazing feeling to know that my design is the official tartan for 2014.

“It will be seen all around the world and I’m so privileged and proud to be part of this huge sporting event”.

The winning entry was modelled by one of the nation’s strongest men, World Highland Games champion Gregor Edmunds, at a launch at the school on Tuesday – and at 6ft5 and 22 stone, there was plenty to show off.

Lord Smith, chair of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, commented: “It really is a wonderful tartan. It is recognisably Glasgow 2014, showcasing the brand colours, and I really believe the design highlights what the Games will be like for everyone involved.

“Aamir has shown tremendous ability and effort in designing the official tartan”.