2014 athlete welcomes latest awards

Glasgow school of Art FireScottish Para Sports athlete Samantha Kinghorn recently took time out of her busy 2014 Games training schedule to celebrate with Glasgow pupils from the Little Legends Commonwealth Sports project.

The project, run by Club World Sports Limited was one of 265 across Scotland to share in the latest awards from the Celebrate and 2014 Communities funds for a range of unique sports, arts, heritage and community 2014 Games inspired activities.

Joining pupils of St Savior’s Primary School for some sporting fun, 17 year old Wheelchair Racer, Samantha Kinghorn, helped the Little Legends Commonwealth Sports project celebrate its £8,750 award. She said: “My own racing career has really taken off with the support of National Lottery funding and it’s fantastic to see how it’s also helping young people to take part in sport, get fitter and healthier. Everyone who plays The National Lottery should be proud of the difference the money is making.”

Announcing the funding, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen, said: “I am delighted that Para Glasgow school of Art FireSports athlete Samantha Kinghorn could join us to celebrate the latest awards from the 2014 Communities and Celebrate funds. Samantha is a wonderful role model to young people who either want to pursue sport as a career or simply as a way of keeping fit and leading a healthy lifestyle. As well as funding a number of sports projects, today’s investment will bring communities together to enjoy a range of events such as Queens Baton relay races, street parties, arts exhibitions and heritage projects highlighting local links to Commonwealth Countries. In doing so they will help ensure that communities across Scotland benefit from the 2014 Games.”

The Little Legends Commonwealth Sports project will use its Celebrate award to provide coaching in a range of sport and physical activities for 500 early years and primary school aged children across Glasgow.

Scott Allison of Club World Sports Limited, said: “We are delighted to receive this financial support from the Celebrate fund which will enable us to provide new regular sporting activities for over 500 children across the southside of Glasgow.  The Glasgow Commonwealth Games is a fantastic event for our city and will hopefully inspire more people to get active and take up sport.”

A full list of the latest Celebrate and 2014 Communities awards which were announced on 3 June are available here.

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