Falkirk's Batonbearers

Over 100 Batonbearers were nominated to carry the Queen's Baton in the Falkirk area, as part of the wider Queen's Baton Relay. Below are some testimonies of a few of our nominated Batonbearers, written by the people who nominated them. You can also view the full list of Falkirk's Batonbearers.

Name: Anne Riley

From: Grangemouth

Anne, an active swimming teacher for young children and parent and child classes, has terminal cancer but has not let one single day pass by where she did not help children to enjoy sport. Clearly a brave woman, who is currently fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support and the charity Tommy’s, inspires many people, both within the work environment and outwith in the local community. Her sheer resilience, get-up-and-go attitude and bravery help illuminate the shadow of her illness.

Name: Cameron Walker

From: Denny

Committed to highland dancing for the last seven years, in that time frame Cameron has topped an incredible 47 championships, including two Scottish Championships at the Cowal Games, the pinnacle for his age). This year – for the first time – he has qualified for the World Finals, which will place him sixth against boys and girls aged up to three years older than him. A true talent, Cameron has also danced at a variety of charitable functions and school events, and showcasing a traditional Scottish art-cum-sport.

Name: Kirsty MacGowan

Kirsty is a PE teacher and Active Schools co-ordinator within Larbert High School. Kirsty has been a driving force within sport and physical activity throughout the Larbert cluster of schools. She is fantastically dedicated and hard-working, and remains one of the main reasons Larbert High School is considered one of the most prominent sporting secondary schools in Scotland.

Name: Bill Wintrup

From: Falkirk

The eldest batonbearer candidate from the Falkirk area, over the decades Bill has volunteered for many a service, including spells as a Boys Brigade officer and a walk leader for Braveheart, the latter requiring him to take part in first aid training and lead seven walks per week. After years of service he has since passed over his leading mantle, but still takes part in walks regularly. When his wife passed away in Strathcarron Hospice 14 years ago, Bill decided to campaign indefatigably; he’s often seen distributing and collecting tins to and from shops, volunteering as a driver taking people for counselling, and even working in the kitchens washing dishes. Age is only a number for Bill whose positivity shines through almost everything he does.

Name: Alan Keith

From: Throsk

Alan has - for a number of years - introduced the Duke of Edinburgh Award for young people in custody in HM Young Offender’s Institute Polmont. He’s successfully facilitated a number of young people through their Bronze and Silver Awards. Refusing to allow custodial barriers to prevent him from delivering successful activities, he has led activities inside and outside the establishment and has made it possible for some of the younger generation to successfully raise money for charities, which usually take the shape of fundraising events. A resolute yet passionate individual, Alan also facilitates sporting activities for disabled children through the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Name: Meghan Plummer

Meghan is an ex-Larbert High School pupil and currently volunteers with our Active Schools team. Meghan is an inspiration to any young person, through her dedication and passion for sport as well as her volunteering activities. Meghan is an ex-World Champion Rock-it-Ball player and basketball star, as well as sitting on the Scottish Youth Sport Panel. Meghan is currently studying to be a PE teacher whilst continuing her voluntary work within sport.

Name: Sandy Robertson

From: Falkirk

Sandy Robertson of Cornbank has been chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton from Blackness Castle in West Lothian in the direction of Falkirk on June 24.

An employee of Falkirk Community Trust, he is Head Coach of Grangemouth’s Athletic Development Squad, teaching the Community Run, Jump & Throw Scheme he devised nationally for Scottish Athletics, and was himself a Principal teacher of P.E. in West Lothian for nearly 30 years before retiring.

The Scottish 400m Hurdles Champion of 1972, he went to Malawi as their National Coach in Athletics, Football, and eventually Sports, from 1972-1975. In 1974 he took a Malawian team of athletes, cyclists, boxers, badminton players and a shottist to Christchurch for the 1974 Commonwealth Games. His eight athletes set a total of 26 national records in Timaru, Alexandria and Christchurch whilst in New Zealand.

He coached the athletics team for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games of 1970 and 1986 in Edinburgh, and the Brisbane Games of 1982.

A British Athletics Master Coach, he voluntarily coaches a squad of outstanding athletes at Grangemouth Stadium three times per week, and is a team manager and coach to the Scottish Schools teams for the S.I.A.B. International, the Sainsbury School Games [U.K Schools’ Games], and the Schools’ International Indoor Pentathlon at the Emirates Arena.

Name: Danielle Fullard

From: Falkirk

Danielle is an ex-Denny High School pupil who completed her Dance Leader Award through Active Schools in 2010. Since passing the Dance Leader Course, Danielle has consistently delivered quality dance and sports sessions in the Falkirk area.

Danielle works with both Primary and Secondary pupils and has taught hundreds of pupils as a volunteer for Falkirk Community Trust. Danielle has been a great role model to younger pupils who aspire to get involved with dance and sports.

Name: Ria Marshall

From: Falkirk

Ria has worked tirelessly for families in the Falkirk area. Raising money, supporting and highlighting disability awareness, giving advice and help to struggling families, collecting and distributing clothing/furniture and organising coffee mornings are just some of the things Ria does for others in the local community. She runs Falkirk for Mums, which supports local mums, with them meeting up every week and a monthly meet-up for mothers who have children with special needs. Her own child experiences the symptoms of Tourette's, ADHD and OCD, and Ria – cited as “one in a million” by one of her many nominees – manages to juggle giving as much as she can as a parent with giving as much as she can with others.

Name: Amanda Rutherford

From: Bonnybridge

In the five years since having her baby Tabitha – who was born extremely premature at only 24 weeks old – Amanda has campaigned for better provisions within the neonatal unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. Not only instrumental in raising tens of thousands of pounds for new equipment and training of neonatal midwives in infant massage, Amanda also set up the Tiny Tabitha Fund, with all raised monies going directly to the neonatal clinic to improve the lives of babies, their mothers and their relatives. Selfless and steadfast, Amanda has made a big difference to the hospital and will make a bigger difference to the families and babies who’ll come to use to neonatal unit in the future.

Name: John Swan

From: Bainsford

A positive role model in not only various sports but in his work place with Falkirk Council, John participates in sports and charity events and encourages people to take up sporting activities. He was previously an international volleyball player and managed to achieve the highest position possible to be an international volleyball referee. He is a man with an extensive reputation in sport and an altruistic demeanour.

Name: Lisa McCann

From: Stenhousemuir

Lisa works in cancer care research, working tirelessly to support individuals and families affected by cancer. Yet a rewarding, paid job is not enough, with her for many years volunteering her time with the Aberlour Childcare Trust; befriending vulnerable children, young people and their families. As an attentive and conscientious befriender, Lisa has been a positive role model, sharing her passion for sport with young people, encouraging them to participate in different sports and activities and adopt more active, healthy lifestyles. Her impact on the local community has been nothing but positive.

Name: Chloe McDonald

From: Bo'ness

With her main passion being football, Chloe's life totally revolves around sport. She also likes to take part in cross-country running and swimming. For the past five years she has played for Falkirk F.C. Girls, and now also helps coach the St Mary's Primary School girls team on a weekly basis. Looking to her as a mentor, five of the girls have received enough confidence from Chloe to attend trials for their local football club Bo'ness United. Chloe suffers from nervous ticks, which disappear when she’s active, stressing the importance of activity to both physical and mental well-being.

Name: Linda Cairncross

From: Polmont

A part-time worker, Linda has supported the Sport4Youth Project at the youth club she runs every Wednesday. This Falkirk Community Trust project is a peripatetic programme giving alternate routes for young people; it involves them in sport outwith school or sports club settings, thus breaking down barriers, stereotypes and helping to avoid anti-social behaviour. Since its inception in 2006, it has become the largest attended session, averaging over 50 youngsters per week. Without Linda – her nominees said – running the Falkirk Council Youth Club, the project wouldn’t have been able to reach so many young people and provide them with access to sporting opportunities.

Name: Alison Mackie

From: Falkirk

In 1993, Alison founded Falkirk Girls Football Club, with the aim of introducing a greater number of girls in the local area to sport. Over the past 20 years Alison has created opportunities for hundreds of girls and young women to take part in football in a number of aspects including participation, coaching, volunteering or officiating. Alison’s main achievement is the motivation and inspiration she gives to local girls to be the best they can be.

Name: John Bunyan

From: Falkirk

John is a sporting icon in Falkirk and across Scotland for his work in basketball. A former Scottish coach who led Team Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, John and his club Fury has introduced basketball to over 1000 youngsters in Scotland. Under John’s leadership, the club has produced more than 40 international players as well has 10 professional players. John continues to give up his time to coach and develop basketball across Falkirk and works with all age groups from Under 10 to Senior Men and Women.

Name: Robert Callahan, MBE

From: Falkirk

Gymnastics is Robert Callahan’s life. Founder of the Falkirk School of Gymnastics, he has also been the Chairman of Falkirk Sports Council for 26 years. He has served as a board member and Vice-President of Scottish Gymnastics for nearly 30 years. Although nearly 70 years of age he still coaches gymnastics and has coached a number of Scottish Champions. For his service to gymnastics Robert received an MBE in 2005.

Name: Christine Snedden

From: Carron

In Christine’s teenage years, as a basketball player she travelled the globe and returned to Scotland to train to become a P.E teacher. Retiring this year, she has dedicated over 40 years to sport education and developing sport among young pupils and athletes, going “beyond all expectation”, as one of her many nominees put it, to encourage and inspire young children to get and remain active. Some of the people she has taught have gone on to become successful careers in sport in their own right, be it coaching or athletes. The last ten years of her career had Christine run mini-Olympic events, which brings 100s of children together for a full day of sport.

Name: Magaret Cameron

From: Larbert

For nearly half a century Magaret has been volunteering in Girl Guiding, an impressive feat by any standards. She currently helps with a unit in Larbert as Assistant District Commissioner. She was previously Guide Leader in Larbert for 40 years until she had to retire as leader at 65. Always there to help, support and listen, to her nominees Magaret is “great with all the girls and leaders”, and a “tower of support” to the district’s leader of guiding.

Name: Fraser Malcolm

Fraser is a pupil at Larbert High School and is one of Scotland's most outstanding under-18 basketball players. Fraser is an excellent ambassador for his school and his sport, and dedicates his time to helping his school and local basketball club. Fraser aspires to become a professional basketball player.

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Last updated: 31 August 2016 at 16:09