The kids are alright

Glasgow School of Sport pupils returned to Bellahouston last week with a number of medals.

A total of 13 of the school’s pupils competed at the UK School Games in Sheffield.

The most successful were badminton players, with Josh Neil winning silver in the individual singles and silver in the boys’ doubles, partnered by classmate Adam Hall.

Also medalling in the boys’ doubles was Calum Stevenson, who took bronze with his partner. These results, coupled with the other badminton results saw Scotland win bronze in the overall team match.

In athletics James Higgins won bronze in the 4 x 100m relay and finished sixth in the 200m final. Brogan Wallace finished seventh in the girls 1500m final.

Cara Kennedy and Carly Smith won bronze medals in the women’s artistic team event for gymnastics and both girls also competed in the Commonwealth youth games, where they were part of the Scotland team which finished fourth in women’s CIV. Scotland finished fourth overall in the hockey tournament, thanks in part to good performances by Bellahouston players past and present; Gordon Armour, Lee Morton, Jack McAllister, Michael Nicol, Michael O’Donovan and Ben Patterson.

Mearns Castle’s Laura McCracken was delighted after being part of the silver medal winning team in the 4 x 100 metres.

In her solo effort, Laura finished in sixth place with a season’s best time of 12.69 seconds.

She told ExtraSport: “I am really pleased as my times have not been as good as I would have liked this season, because I only returned to competition in May after being out with an injury”.

The 16-year-old is now ranked third in Scotland for her age group (U17).

This season, she also won bronze in the Scottish schools in June and was a member of the bronze medal winning 4x100m team at the Celtic internationals in Cardiff.

She added another bronze medal to her collection at the Scottish championships in Scotstoun in July.