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.
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Name: Anne Riley
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
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 –
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
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
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
Name: Alan Keith
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
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
Name: Danielle Fullard
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
Ria has worked tirelessly for families in the Falkirk area. Raising money,
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
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
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
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
With her main passion being football, Chloe's life totally revolves around
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.