Tuesday 12th November 2013 provided another opportunity for the Kirkintilloch Olympians to come together to celebrate the success of one of its members.
Scott Lawrie became the first person in Scotland to achieve a Scottish Athletics Young Volunteer Award. Scott was presented with his award by Liz Francis, Regional Development Manager West for Scottish Athletics, who confirmed that it was in recognition of his having volunteered for more than 100 hours with the club and, thus, was not only the first award of its type but also of Gold standard.
Scott joined Kirkintilloch Olympians on 1st April 2004, having been “scouted” at a local school running club. He has competed at every age group from U11 to Senior Men in cross-country, road relays, and track & field.
Whilst continuing to compete, Scott began volunteering in the club’s junior section in 2012. He has achieved his Coaching Assistant award and works with a group of juniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, as well as attending competitions to offer encouragement and support to the juniors and their families. He intends to pursue his coaching further and look to undertake his Coach award in 2014.
Now aged 20, Scott manages to juggle his volunteer coaching with his work and studies; he has a part-time job and is in the third year of a Sports & Exercise Science Degree at The University of Stirling.
Scott is a well-liked member of the club and has become a valuable member of our junior coaching team. He is a dedicated volunteer who works hard to help the young athletes he coaches enjoy their athletics and work towards achieving their goals.
A very deserving winner of the first Scottish Athletics Gold Young Volunteer Award, we look forward to seeing him continue to develop his coaching career and inspire many generations of the Kirkintilloch Olympians family.
The junior members of Kirkintilloch Olympians have had a fantastic year, with strong performances in cross-country, road-running, and track & field recently celebrated at the club’s presentation night.
One of the challenges for the club is to continue this momentum and to inspire our young athletes. With this in mind, the club has invested in new equipment which will allow our youngsters to train indoors over the winter.
The 2013 summer track & field season came to an enthralling climax at the club’s annual track & field championships at Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday 14th September, with an impressive 59 athletes pre-entered to compete.
After a season of competing in team events it was now time for the club’s athletes to compete against each other. This event is unique in that it offers every member of the club the opportunity to select their own events and do battle against their fellow team mates.
Tuesday 11th June was a fantastic day for Lenzie Academy and members of Kirkintilloch Olympians who were taking part in the Secondary School Championships at Grangemouth. The day started with the hurdle races and Aimee Smith ran well in the 70mh and picked up the first gold. Jenny Lee won gold in the 80mh and also won gold in the triple jump achieving a distance of 10.06m. Fiona Glen took the gold in the 100m.
On the 24th and 25th of May Kirkintilloch athletes competed in the West District Championships. With 57 clubs in the West of Scotland the competition was enjoyed by many athletes ranging from U14 to Senior age groups. New facilities at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock led to many personal bests being broken on a fast track! Early on in the evening Jenny Lee won the first bronze medal for the club in the U16 girls Triple Jump, the tally was soon increased to 2 bronze medals when Luke McCaffrey ran a personal best in the U14 boys 1500m, placing him 4th in Scotland!
The wet and miserable weather at Grangemouth Stadium did not dampen the team spirit of the Kirkintilloch Olympians at match 1 of the 2013 Central & South Scotland Athletics League on Sunday 12th May. This league is unique in that it sees all age categories within the club competing as part of the same team and contributing to overall score on the day, therefore it is vital to have athletes competing across all the events & categories.
The first match of the 2013 Youth Development League saw the partnership of Kirkintilloch Olympians & Garscube Harriers within the East Dunbartonshire composite team get off to a flying start. There was a nervousness in the air leading up to this new venture as is frequently the case when venturing into the unknown, but as both clubs gathered in advance of the event at Wishaw new friendships were being made and the apprehension quickly disappeared.
Perri McCluskey and Anna Forbes attended a three day high jump course at the emirates this week with international high jumper David Smith. It was very educational and worthwhile course to take part in. There was only seven of us on the course so it was pretty full on and very tiring. We were told on the first day that Kate Middleton and Prince William would be visiting the emirates on the last day. We never thought for a second we would get to meet them.