As reported previously 42 of our athletes made the trip
Report by Sara Lang our Roving Reporter
“Gothenburg the story…..
42 athletes, 8 adults, 4 buses , 4 planes,
82 performances, 31 athletes with PBs, 4 gold medals, 2 silver , 2 bronze,
200 lunch rolls, 50 blue bags and 225 photos taken by Duncan Robertson
The stats don’t lie…we had an adventure…
From the excitement of exploring Terminal 5 with your pals, to the double decker coach that brought us from the airport, to the novelty of a floating hotel….and that all before we ever hit the track.
Such an experience for all of us. The Gothenburg Youth Games in the huge Ullevi Stadium made Grangemouth feel like a children’s play area (Coldplay had performed two shows there in the preceding week). It was a huge, cosmopolitan, slick event ..so well organised that despite 16 or so heats in each age group for many of the sprint events, it was only 5 mins behind schedule by the end of the day. It truly felt like a mini Commonwealth games. It was so professional; athletes from numerous other countries (Norway, Iceland , Bulgaria, Argentina, Denmark and New Zealand to name but a few) were so focused and organised in their approach to all events which had a knock on effect and our Giffnock North troop rose to the occasion. Not only did we run, jump and throw our hearts out, we were noticeably the most polite athletes at the end of an event.
It is clearly not the norm for athletes to shake hands at the end of a race in Scandinavia but each and every one of our team did so, causing much bemusement at times. Harris, who gallantly tried to shake hands with all his competitors (who by that stage were lying prostrate on the track) ended up helping them all to get up…as they clearly thought that was what the extended hand was for!
The entire event was run in Swedish so all commentaries and announcements went over our heads. We were totally oblivious to the high jump world record set by a 12 year old on the first day (1.87m),although we did wonder why so many people had gathered near the start line of the 800m. We also had no idea what the Swedish shouts of joy were for (over a very loud tannoy) when the Pole Vault record was broken. The one bit of English commentary directed at us was when Chris was about to long jump the very loud commentator said ‘ its Chris McKay from Scotland…..’ and, as Chris sprinted down the runway, he said ‘FLY FLY Chris McKay’!
We had thrills and spills..athletes who went on all possible rides at the amusement park, athletes who won gigantic chocolate bars, athletes who got stuck at the top of the climbing wall/sculpture, athletes who had soaking wet luggage when they arrived (we still never solved that one).
And the satisfaction didn’t just stop at the track – on having his wristband put on for him at the amusement park, one athlete noted “You don’t get this level of service at the Emirates”!
We had our resident Twitter feed guru Colin Saxby, we had our invaluable medical support/native language speaker who came into her own. By Sat night Pia Kirkpatrick had at least 5 ‘patients’ she was tending to.
From the ice packs for sore knees , the paracetamol for the fever, the drinks of water for the athletes who had too much sun/not enough to drink at the amusement park, to the sterile wipes for the spiking injuries….she was in constant demand. Pia was even seen administering pain killers to the adults!
We now know we had our resident photographer…Duncan Robertson , thank you from all the coaches , Athletes , parents and those at the club keen to know about the trip
And we had Jackie Alexander who without doubt is the unsung hero of this trip.
By now she is on a well earned rest in the sun.
Results are already on Power of 10 for all to view. The scope of this report is not to comment on individual performances (every single athlete did us proud) ..many of which were highlighted on the Twitter feed.
A collated table of results is available to view on our website thanks to Colin.
The finishing quotes are from athletes on our way home who said ‘Are we coming back next year?’, ‘Can we stay another day?’…………”
Thanks to Sara for the ReportPhotos courtesy of Duncan Robertson
|30-Jun||F13 600m||Finalheat 3||4||Mary Rose Cairns||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||01:51.9||27||01:51.9|
|30-Jun||F13 Spjut||400 g||15||Jennifer Dallas||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||19,68||23,09|
|30-Jun||F14 800m||Finalheat 3||1||Jill Carswell||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:27.3||13||02:27.3|
|30-Jun||F14 Häck 80m||76 cm||Försök heat 2||0,5||Iona Denholm||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||16.05||16.05|
|30-Jun||F14 Häck 80m||Försök heat 4||-1,6||3||Lara Sturgeon||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||13.04||13.04|
|30-Jun||F15 800m||Finalheat 3||3||Clare Wallace||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:32.8||26||02:29.5|
|30-Jun||F15 800m||Finalheat 1||8||Emily Crusher||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:29.0||26||02:26.8|
|30-Jun||F15 800m||Finalheat 3||5||Emma Gaston||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:36.5||28||02:31.8|
|30-Jun||F15 800m||Finalheat 1||12||Francesca Davidsson||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:28.6||17||02:20.9|
|30-Jun||F15 800m||Finalheat 2||2||Orla Lang||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:26.3||13||02:23.9|
|30-Jun||F15 Längd||Kvaltävling||57||Eva Blues||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||4,20||-1,5||3,90||4,57|
|30-Jun||F17 800m||Finalheat 3||4||Annabel Ballantyne||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:27.2||21||02:24.8|
|30-Jun||K Häck 400m||76 cm||Finalheat 4||–||Sophie Haldane||99||SCO||Giffock North ACC||bröt||–||01:06.2|
|30-Jun||P13 600m||Finalheat 1||4||Harris Paterson||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||01:36.8||5||01:36.8|
|30-Jun||P13 600m||Finalheat 1||1||Jacob Luc||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||01:33.5||1||01:33.5|
|30-Jun||P13 600m||Finalheat 2||5||Joseph Mckay||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||01:47.9||16||01:47.9|
|30-Jun||P15 Hinder 1500m||76 cm||Final||5||Andrew Robertson||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||04:59.1||04:59.1|
|30-Jun||P15 Hinder 1500m||76 cm||Final||4||Ethan Carolan||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||04:57.6||04:57.6|
|30-Jun||P15 Längd||Kvaltävling||12||Reuben Nairne||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||5,58||q||1,6||5,80|
|30-Jun||P15 Längd||Final||10||Reuben Nairne||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||5,73||-0,2||5,80|
|30-Jun||P16 Längd||15||Kyle Mclean||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||5,83||2,6||2,69 0,5||6,31|
|30-Jun||P17 800m||Finalheat 1||11||Nikolai Gajic||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:03.2||15||01:57.7|
|30-Jun||P17 Häck 300m||84 cm||Finalheat 3||2||Callum Alexander||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||43.04||13||43.04|
|30-Jun||P17 Hinder 2000m||91 cm||Final||12||Ben Shaw||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||06:59.9||06:59.9|
|30-Jun||P19 Längd||Kvaltävling||4||Chris Mackay||99||SCO||Giffock North ACC||6,66||Q||-1,2||7.11|
|01-Jul||F13 60m||Försök heat 12||0,1||2||Niamh Smith||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||8.59||8.38|
|01-Jul||F14 80m||Försök heat 3||3,7||1||Alyson Bell||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||9.98||q||9.98|
|01-Jul||F14 80m||Finalheat 1||0,8||2||Alyson Bell||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||9.99||9.98|
|01-Jul||F14 80m||Försök heat 15||3,1||5||Iona Denholm||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||11.32||11.32|
|01-Jul||F14 80m||Försök heat 4||2,7||2||Lara Sturgeon||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||10.99||10.99|
|01-Jul||F14 80m||Försök heat 13||1,3||2||Rachel Callan||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||10.76||10.76|
|01-Jul||F15 80m||Försök heat 12||2,4||3||Eve Donaghy||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||11.2||11.2|
|01-Jul||F15 80m||Försök heat 7||1,8||4||Freya Cowan||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||10.86||10.86|
|01-Jul||F15 80m||Försök heat 13||1,8||4||Rosie Mckay||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||10.81||10.81|
|01-Jul||F16 100m||Försök heat 5||0,7||3||Eve Denholm||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||13.03||13.03|
|01-Jul||F16 100m||Försök heat 6||3,4||3||Rhea Campbell||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||13.02||13.02|
|01-Jul||F17 100m||Försök heat 2||1,5||5||Rochelle Moukala||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||12.98||q||12.81|
|01-Jul||F17 100m||Finalheat 2||1,5||4||Rochelle Moukala||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||12.81||12.81|
|01-Jul||F17 1500m||Finalheat 1||10||Annabel Ballantyne||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||05:01.9||10||04:59.3|
|01-Jul||F17 1500m||Finalheat 1||9||Emily Crusher||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||04:58.5||9||04:48.6|
|01-Jul||F19 100m||Försök heat 3||1,5||4||Amy Donaghy||99||SCO||Giffock North ACC||12.73||q||12.52|
|01-Jul||F19 100m||Finalheat 2||2,9||9||Amy Donaghy||99||SCO||Giffock North ACC||12.67||12.52|
|01-Jul||F19 400m||Finalheat 2||1||Sophie Haldane||99||SCO||Giffock North ACC||58.28||5||58.28|
|01-Jul||K 1500m||Finalheat 2||10||Heather Barnes||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||04:53.8||27||04:43.8|
|01-Jul||M 100m||Försök heat 1||3,6||7||John Hamilton||97||SCO||Giffock North ACC||11.3||11.3|
|01-Jul||P13 1500m||Finalheat 1||3||Harris Paterson||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||04:44.5||3||04:44.5|
|01-Jul||P13 1500m||Finalheat 2||2||Joseph Mckay||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||05:08.8||17||05:08.8|
|01-Jul||P14 800m||Finalheat 1||1||Murray Fotheringham||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:07.3||1||01:59.7|
|01-Jul||P14 80m||Försök heat 6||1,7||4||Cameron Mckerrow||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||10.54||10.54|
|01-Jul||P15 800m||Finalheat 3||3||Andrew Robertson||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||02:11.7||21||02:11.7|
|01-Jul||P15 800m||Finalheat 3||–||Eoghan O´Donnell||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||bröt||–||02:09.8|
|01-Jul||P15 Tresteg||14||Adam Deverill||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||11,35||-0,8||11,35|
|01-Jul||P17 100m||Försök heat 2||2,1||1||Adam Clayton||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||10.91||q||10.71|
|01-Jul||P17 100m||Finalheat 1||1,2||1||Adam Clayton||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||10.75||10.71|
|01-Jul||P17 1500m||Finalheat 3||5||Ben Shaw||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||04:30.2||38||04:26.4|
|01-Jul||P17 1500m||Finalheat 2||10||Nikolai Gajic||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||04:20.4||26||04:08.7|
|01-Jul||P17 400m||Finalheat 3||5||Amini Hifi||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||53.89||21||53.11|
|01-Jul||P19 Höjd||5||Chris Mackay||99||SCO||Giffock North ACC||191||2|
|01-Jul||P19 Längd||5||Chris Mackay||99||SCO||Giffock North ACC||6,96||2,1||6,91 -2,0||7.11|
|02-Jul||F13 200m||Finalheat 6||-0,1||2||Mary Rose Cairns||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||28.93||39||28.93|
|02-Jul||F13 200m||Finalheat 1||0,8||8||Niamh Smith||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||28.07||24||27.34|
|02-Jul||F13 Kula||2.0 kg||7||Jennifer Dallas||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||11,53||11,53|
|02-Jul||F14 300m||Finalheat 1||1||Alyson Bell||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||40.35||1||40.35|
|02-Jul||F14 Höjd||32||Rachel Callan||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||134||145|
|02-Jul||F15 2000m||Finalheat 2||1||Clare Wallace||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||06:56.5||9||06:56.5|
|02-Jul||F15 2000m||Finalheat 1||4||Heather Barnes||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||06:38.7||4||06:38.7|
|02-Jul||F15 2000m||Finalheat 1||8||Jill Carswell||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||06:55.3||8||06:55.3|
|02-Jul||F15 300m||Finalheat 6||3||Emma Gaston||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||46.18||52||46.18|
|02-Jul||F15 300m||Finalheat 3||2||Eva Blues||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||43.8||25||43.58|
|02-Jul||F15 300m||Finalheat 3||7||Freya Cowan||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||45.41||48||45.41|
|02-Jul||F15 300m||Finalheat 4||8||Orla Lang||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||45.28||44||44.88|
|02-Jul||F15 300m||Finalheat 3||4||Rosie Mckay||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||44.14||29||43.46|
|02-Jul||F16 200m||Finalheat 2||1,6||2||Eve Denholm||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||25.95||10||25.95|
|02-Jul||F16 200m||Finalheat 2||8||Rhea Campbell||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||26.42||19||26.22|
|02-Jul||F17 200m||Finalheat 2||-1,1||5||Rochelle Moukala||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||26.83||14||26.79|
|02-Jul||F19 200m||Finalheat 2||-0,1||7||Amy Donaghy||99||SCO||Giffock North ACC||26.23||20||25.72|
|02-Jul||M 200m||Finalheat 6||1,5||–||John Hamilton||97||SCO||Giffock North ACC||ej start||–||22.58|
|02-Jul||P13 200m||Finalheat 1||1,9||3||Jacob Luc||4||SCO||Giffock North ACC||25.47||3||25.23|
|02-Jul||P14 Höjd||2||Murray Fotheringham||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||183||183|
|02-Jul||P14 Kula||4.0 kg||27||Cameron Mckerrow||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||7,68||7,68|
|02-Jul||P15 2000m||Finalheat 2||13||Eoghan O´Donnell||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||06:54.2||32||06:54.2|
|02-Jul||P15 2000m||Finalheat 1||9||Ethan Carolan||3||SCO||Giffock North ACC||06:16.9||9||06:16.9|
|02-Jul||P15 300m||Finalheat 4||6||Adam Deverill||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||40.57||32||40.26|
|02-Jul||P15 Häck 80m||84 cm||Försök heat 2||-0,2||6||Reuben Nairne||2||SCO||Giffock North ACC||12.29||12.06|
|02-Jul||P16 200m||Finalheat 5||-1,0||5||Amini Hifi||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||24.31||41||24.31|
|02-Jul||P16 200m||Finalheat 2||1,6||2||Kyle Mclean||1||SCO||Giffock North ACC||22.9||10||22.9|
|02-Jul||P17 200m||Finalheat 1||3,4||4||Adam Clayton||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||22.4||4||22.22|
|02-Jul||P17 Häck 110m||91 cm||Försök heat 2||0,0||3||Callum Alexander||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||15.4||q||15.4|
|02-Jul||P17 Häck 110m||Final||0,2||7||Callum Alexander||0||SCO||Giffock North ACC||15.45||15.4|
It would seem that this was a brilliantly well organised and planned experience by a superb team led by Jackie Alexander for all the athletes and the coaches and helpers who accompanied them. From Helen Nairne, hearing about this event from Brian Donaldson [then ADO Athletics Development Officer for Glasgow Sport] and raising it on many occasions as a competition experience, the adventure coming to fruition is a tribute to all those involved ,providing an invaluable experience for the 42 Athletes.