School games hope

Lanigan GH
Lanigan GH

The Glasgow School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy has a record number of its pupils selected at the UK school games.

Competing alongside an estimated 1,800 competitors from all over the UK, will be 13 Bellahouston based athletes, including gymnasts Emma Mackey, Cara Kennedy and Carly Smith; hockey players Gordon Amour, Lee Morton, Jack McAllister and recent graduates Michael Nicol, Michael O’Donovan and Ben Peterson.

Nine current Glasgow School of Sport pupils (pictured) and four former pupils, have been chosen to represent their countries in the 2011 UK School Games being held in Sheffield.

Nine current Glasgow School of Sport pupils (pictured) and four former pupils, have been chosen to represent their countries in the 2011 UK School Games being held in Sheffield.

Athletes Brogan Wallace and James Higgins will also be out to win some medals as will badminton players Adam Hall and Calum Stevenson.

Angela Porter, Glasgow School of Sport Director told ExtraSport: “The team will support and spur each other on over the weekend’s events and I’m sure they will be coming home with a number of medals.

“All our students and their coaches work incredibly hard preparing for events such as these and this will undoubtedly be an amazing experience for them and take them another step closer to their dream of competing in Glasgow in 2014”.

But they aren’t the only southsiders making the trip to Sheffield.

Neil Gourley

Neil Gourley

Joining them will be Williamwood 1500m runner Neil Gourley, Woodfarm high-jumper Nikki Manson and Laura McCracken, a sprinter from Mearns Castle, who will compete in the 4x100m relay race.

“My goal is the Commonwealth games in 2014”, said the speedy 16-year-old, “I hope the experience here will stand me in good stead as I work towards qualification”.

While Mr Gourley, who finished fourth in recent schools international athletics match in Cardiff, added:”I’m really looking forward to competing in this as it’s my first time at a multi event games

“Hopefully I can come away with a medal”.

In Volleyball, Belmont House school’s Mhairi Agnew will compete for the girls and Holyrood’s Dominik Sirant will feature for the male counterparts.

Miss Agnew, at just 14-years-old, is the youngest in the team. However, she says that won’t hold her back.

She told ExtraSport: “This will be a great opportunity that I will grab with both hands and I can’t wait to join up with the rest of the team”.

In hockey, Mearns Castle’s David Clark will join the boys squad while the girls team will feature a trio of southsiders.

Hutchie pair Lucy Lanigan and Jenny Eadie will feature in the XI alongside Glasgow Academy’s Karin Belch, who is from Newlands and is a member of Clydesdale Western Hockey Club.

The 17-year-old believes the girls have “a good chance to win a medal this year”.

“We have a strong team and have been training hard. It’s an amazing opportunity for each one of us in the team. Win or lose, we’ll have a memorable experience”.

The games begin today and run till Sunday. Results will be featured in next week’s Extra.