On 30th October 2014, Glasgow City Chambers was the fantastic venue for an action packed day of activity to celebrate the culmination of Game On Scotland. Over 100 children and young people from schools across the country made it along to this special event which showcased some of the many Commonwealth Games-themed learning experiences enjoyed by children throughout the country.
The event was hosted by Young Ambassadors Sam Donnelly and Robbie Henderson. Along with fellow ambassadors Paige McMahon and Rachel Law, they each shared their own unique experiences and perspectives of Glasgow’s Games.
Paige spoke about her role as a Young Ambassador and the sense of pride she felt whilst representing her local authority in the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Sam urged young people to grasp every opportunity available to them – “…just say yes and be open to new experiences.” Robbie reflected on overcoming personal challenges and disappointments whilst Rachel shared her passion for encouraging and motivating young people to become more active.
The day gave a real snapshot of the different ways in which schools across the country have created inspirational learning opportunities for children and communities around the context of the Commonwealth Games. Youngsters from Kinlochbervie ASG shared their cluster challenge and St Thomas’ gave us behind the scenes information about their highly successful East 40 charity single “Let the Games Begin”. Rathen Primary described their exploration of the Commonwealth values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny and how these contributed to their understanding of Global Citizenship.
Young people were definitely the focus of the day with teams from schools leading Learning Zone activities which included science, biomechanics, equalities and teamwork. We were also treated to some fantastic performances – the Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School) thrilled us with their rousing Haka whilst Bonnybroom Nursery’s choir treated us to a rendition of a song inspired by the Commonwealth Games.
We were delighted to be joined by some top athletes too! Sammi Kinghorn, current European Champion gold medallist, T53 wheelchair racer and Commonwealth Games finalist, appeared alongside Aileen Nelson from Team GB’s wheelchair curling squad, hockey centre forward Alisa Wylie and Team Scotland wrestler Fiona Robertson. They were on hand throughout the day, sharing sporting tips, answering questions, signing autographs and posing for the odd selfie.
Active Zone activities in the afternoon ensured there was little time for rest. A round robin extravaganza of boccia, indoor curling, water relay, hockey and ball throw challenge kept everyone on their toes.