Glasgow 2018: YOG Bid gains the support of thousands of school kids around the country
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October 9 - The 2018 Olympics bid by Glasgow, Scotland, received a popularity boost as more than 5,000 secondary school pupils have pledged support to the bid during the ‘Be a Champion in Your Life’ roadshow.
A two-month tour by the roadshow will visit the city’s 29 secondary schools. When the tour reaches Glasgow’s Gaelic School in mid-November, some 30,000 young people will have a chance to see the program and offer their support. Glasgow itself is expected to add 40,000 students to the roster of support.
The tour is organized by Glasgow’s Active School Coordinators. The hit rock song “Mountains” by the Scottish band Biffy Clyro is being used in a promotional film for the tour.
As part of effort to win hosting rights for the world’s largest sporting event, a sporting committee has appointed a pair of Young Ambassadors in every Scottish secondary school. This legacy program was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games.
By putting young people into the heart of the bid movement, the organizing committee also promotes the sporting benefits of hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
St. Andrew’s Secondary School in eastern Glasgow was the first stop for the tour. This school has a long history of sports success as it won the Glasgow Cross Country Championships last year and the under 18 Boys Basketball Championship this year. St. Andrews alumni include a weightlifting silver medalist, members of the Scottish and British basketball teams and a world champion in karate.
“We were delighted to welcome the Glasgow 2018 team to our school and our young people voiced strong support for the bid with more than 1,300 pledging their support on the day,” said head teacher Gerry Lyons. “To host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would be a marvelous opportunity for our young people and for the city. Our young people need the tools and the opportunities to enable them to become champions in their lives in whatever path they choose. For Glasgow to become the center of a global focus to fulfill the talents, needs and aspirations of our young people would be doing just that.”
Response to the tour has so far been fantastic, said Julie McCulloch, one of the Glasgow 2018 roadshow coordinators.
“The young people of Glasgow want to see their city show ambition. They want to showcase their home on the world stage and after being inspired by London 2012, they want to see the UK continue the Olympic journey,” she said.
Glasgow’s bid for the 2018 Games is being formally supported by the Scottish government, Glasgow City Council and the British Olympic Association (BOA). The London games created several opportunities for Glasgow to enter a bid for 2018. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is also expected to show how the city can handle such a large scale sporting event.
Prime Minister David Cameron and Olympians Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Chris Hoy, gold medalist rower Katherine Grainger and silver medallist swimmer Michael Jamieson have also pledged their support to Glasgow’s bid.
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