Brazil nets Olympic gold… in Kilmarnock
Youngsters from schools all over East Ayrshire thronged to the most recent event in Active Schools’ Olympic-themed school sports programme.
An action-packed netball festival saw Onthank – or Brazil, the school’s Olympic country – scooping the gold medal, narrowly beating Dalmellington (Spain) into second place after extra time.
Teams of boys and girls from Annanhill (Australia), Dalmellington (Spain), Dunlop (New Zealand), Galston (Zimbabwe), Hillhead (Holland), Netherthird (Cuba), Ochiltree (Norway) and Onthank (Brazil) competed in the netball finals.
Two groups of four played each other, with the top two going through to semi-finals. In the play-off for third place, Cuba beat Norway to take the bronze medals.
Councillors John MacKay, Tom Cook and Kathy Morrice watched the finals and awarded medals.
Councillor Kathy Morrice, Spokesperson for Community Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s wonderful to see the youngsters having such a fun time enjoying sport. The festival had a great atmosphere and the Olympic theme makes it very topical, in the lead-up to London 2012. Well done to the winners – and indeed all who took part”.
Councillor Hugh Ross, Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, said: “The Active Schools’ message of being ‘more active, more often’ is really being taken to heart by our young people. The amount of effort they have put in to not only training for the sports – but also finding out about their allocated countries – is amazing. Congratulations to Brazil and all the others who took part!”