Local gold medallist Euan Burtonfirst to use the cycle stand launched in his honour.
The lasting legacy of the Commonwealth Games has a permanent fixture in East Lothian with the unveiling of nine commemorative cycle stands across the region. Launched as part of the Legacy 2014 Active Travel programme, all Team Scotland Glasgow 2014 medallists nominated public places where stands in their medal colour would be installed. Five gold, three silver and one bronze stand have been situated across East Lothian by six athletes.
Local boy Euan Burton who won Gold in the men’s Judo 100kg event was on hand with some pupils of Pentcaitland Primary School at the unveiling of his cycle stand. He commented:
“I wanted to place my legacy bike stand at Pencaitland Primary for a variety of reasons. The first is that although I have lived in Edinburgh for over 15 years I still consider myself a “Pencaitland boy”. Secondly I have fond memories of my time at the school. It was always a school that valued the positive impact of a variety of sporting experiences and encouraged pupils to be active. Additionally I wanted my stand to be put somewhere that young people of Scotland could put it to good use and I certainly think the school fulfils that criteria.”
The Commemorative Cycle Stands are being installed by Cycling Scotland and East Lothian Council along with Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland. They are part of the new Legacy 2014 Active Travel Programmewhich aims to encourage people of all ages to take the first steps towards an active, healthier lifestyle.
Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands said:
“These commemorative cycle stands are a fantastic initiative and will provide an everyday reminder of the hugely successful Team Scotland performance at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games last summer.
I hope that local residents and school children will make use of these cycle stands and, perhaps, they will even inspire some of our sporting stars of the future.”
Christopher Johnson, Cycling Scotland senior development officer said:
“Glasgow 2014 was the best ever Commonwealth Games, and Team Scotland athletes performed extraordinarily well on a global stage.
The gold, silver and bronze commemorative stand locations, chosen personally by athletes, offer not only a lasting reminder of the Games, but also provide a benefit to the local areas that played a part in the success of Team Scotland.
These stands will help improve the facilities for people in East Lothian to cycle to shops, schools or work, delivering a positive impact in the local community.”
Cllr Shamin Akhtar, spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services at East Lothian Council, commented:
“It is great that the fantastic achievements of our Commonwealth champions are being commemorated in this way. And it’s brilliant to see Euan Burton nominate his local primary school in his home village to receive the gold bike stand. East Lothian had the highest number of medals per head of the population in Scotland, and these bike stands will act as a lasting inspiration to all our aspiring athletes.
East Lothian Council is keen to promote cycling as a healthier, more economic and environmentally-friendly mode of transport, and these bike stands are a great addition to this.
East Lothian schools currently have one of the highest numbers of pupils travelling actively to school in the UK, and this will provide even more encouragement to pupils to cycle to school.”
John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland, said:
“The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was such an overriding success story that we want to ensure that it’s legacy lives on for many years to come. The installation of these legacy cycle stands is a perfect way to ensure that this is the case.
“I am confident that they will be well used and am hopeful that they will actually encourage those who do not currently cycle to give it a go.
“They will serve as a constant reminder of Scotland’s success and ensure that the Games have a positive and lasting effect on our health, the environment and the economy both now and into the future.”
The stands installed in East Lothian are:
|Alexander Marshall MBE||Gold||Lawn Bowls Mens’ Fours||Windygoul School, Brotherstone|
|Alexander Marshall MBE||Gold||Lawn Bowls Mens’ Fours||Yester Primary School, Gifford|
|Cameron Brodie||Silver||Swimming 4×200 Freestyle Relay||Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh|
|Daniel Wallace||Gold||Swimming 400m individual medley||North Berwick Community Centre|
|Daniel Wallace||Silver||Swimming Men’s 200m individual medley||Law Rd, North Berwick|
|Daniel Wallace||Silver||Swimming Men’s 200 4x 200m Freestyle Relay||North Berwick Sports Centre|
|Euan Burton||Gold||Judo Men’s – 100kg||Pentcaitland Primary School|
|Josh Taylor||Gold||Boxing Men’s 64kg||Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans|
|Robert Blair||Bronze||Badminton Mixed Doubles||Longniddry Community Centre, Longniddry|