Durris pupils get into the Olympic spirit

Sarah Rowe - who represented GB at the Olympics - shows her bicycle to the Durris pupils
Sarah Rowe - who represented GB at the Olympics - shows her bicycle to the Durris pupils

THREE-TIME Olympic silver medallist Katherine Grainger has hailed Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week a huge success in Aberdeenshire after thousands of schoolchildren across the country joined in London 2012-themed celebrations.

Grainger will be competing at an amazing fourth Olympics when she takes to the water in the double sculls in London

“It meant so much to hold the torch, it really did.

“It was a very special moment as the Olympics has obviously been a massive part of my life for the last 15 years.

Delivered in partnership with Sportscotland, the opening of Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week was marked by Paralympic and Olympic sport taster sessions, and an unofficial torch relay involving more than 70 schools.

Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week took place from June 11 to 15 and Durris schoolchildren were among those to get involved.

Throughout the week, three of their parents visited to talk about their sporting achievements.

Dr John KcKeown, a sprinter, Drew Hendry, a rower and Sarah Rowe, a cyclist.

Mr Hendry and Mrs Rowe have both represented Scotland in Commonwealth Games and Mrs Rowe, Great Britain, in an Olympic games.

They all spoke about the importance of not giving up and teamwork.

On Tuesday the children worked in groups to research an Olympic country. Wednesday saw the annual hill walk for P5-7 take place and this year it was up and over Clochnaben from the Charr Bothy side, a distance of nine miles. Meanwhile P1-4 took part in some games and sports activities on the Durris football field.

On Friday, the whole school visited the Aberdeen Sports’ Village to take part in athletics, badminton, basketball and boccia activities.