Gothenburg – What it took to get the Team there

As our athletes arrive to compete at  The World Youth Games, in Gothenburg  Sweden,I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in pulling this together. I’m sure you will all agree that this is an amazing opportunity and a fantastic experience for them to compete at an international event.

Firstly our 2 amazing coaches, Jackie Alexander & Sara Lang who have run around like headless chickens for the past year organising the whole trip and also heading out to Gothenburg with the Team. I now know why it’s only organised every 2 years !!  Also to the other Coaches/Leaders, Billy Glasgow, Symon Lipp, Gerry Duggan, Duncan Robertson, Jim Coyle, Pia Kirkpatrick & Colin Saxby, for giving up their free time and using annual leave to head out to Gothenburg.  I’m sure they will all be invaluable in supporting our athletes out there.

To our main kit sponsors for providing our 41 athletes and 9 coaches with:
3/4 zip outer tops  –  Executive Benefits Consultancy
3 T-shirt’s. –  Thomson Residential Lettings
T-shirt.  –   Scotec Lifts Ltd
And grateful thanks also to Michael at Migo Sports our Kit Supplier for all his help and input .
We were also able to provide all our coaches and athletes with rucksacks, holdalls & spending money with the help of James Turnbull Photography, Murray TV, Waitrose Community Matters, Trish McGregor’s Calamity Jane Sing Along, and David Marks at Entertainment Tonight, Racenightsuk.  I would never have been able to pull the race night off without all of Davids advice and help which raised an astonishing £1,600.  

To Brian McGowan, John the bus driver and all at Whitestar Coaches for sponsoring us and providing free transport to the airport.

To Tanya Cooper at Thomas Cook for arranging a preferential currency exchange rate.

To Derek Young at hdc for designing and compiling a memories book on the athletes return which they will be able to cherish for years to come.

Last but not least to all the parents and businesses for providing us with amazing  prizes for the raffle which was held at our race night –  IBIS Styles, Quiz Clothing, GB Kit kindly donated by Erin Wallace, Sartis, CATCH, Eaglesham Hotel, Pollok House, Distinction Spa, Ash Hair Salon, Sainsbury’s, The Salon, Giffnock Dry Cleaners, Gifted, Abientot and the many donated bottles of whiskey, champagne, rum, wine etc which were greatly received by the winning ticket holders.

I’m sure each and everyone of our athletes appreciate how much effort, fundraising and organising went into this trip. Hopefully there will be plenty of news over the next few days of the achievements, PB’s, medals etc but most importantly I hope each and every athlete thoroughly enjoys the whole experience gaining a little confidence and wisdom along the way.

Thank you for all your help in this fundraising Venture.
My Job is Done!!

Sharon Veitch
Gothenburg Fundraising Committee
On behalf of all the Coaches , Committee and club as a whole , our grateful thanks to Sharon for the role she has played in a fantastic Fundraising effort .