The lasting legacy of the Commonwealth Games has a permanent fixture in Stirlingshire with the unveiling of two commemorative cycle stands. 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.
Gold medallist swimmer Ross Murdoch was on hand at his local school Balfron High with S6 pupils Mo Miller and Shona Michie to donate a gold stand in honour of his success at the 200m breaststroke at Glasgow 2014. Following Ross’ success, Mo and Shona now lead a vibrant, well attended swimming club at Balfron High and have maintained strong links with local club, the Balfron Barracudas.
A bronze stand celebrating his medal in the 100m breaststroke has also been sited at the Stirling Sports Village on Forthside Way.
Ross commented: “It was great to be able to choose the location for two bike racks. I decided to put the bike racks in Balfron to honour my home town and show them that their support hasn’t gone unnoticed! And the Stirling Sports Village because Stirling is where I currently live and because I believe that with the right encouragement Stirling can truly be the central hub for sport in Scotland.”
The Commemorative cycle stands are being installed by Cycling Scotland along with Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland. They are part of the new Legacy 2014 Active Travel Programme which 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.”
Keith Irving, Cycling Scotland chief executive said: “People remember the gold postboxes from the London Olympics and these gold, silver and bronze commemorative cycle stands are a lasting reminder of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. They help add to the necessary cycling facilities for the growing number of people enjoying riding a bike to leisure centres, schools, workplaces and shops. ‘’
Elaine Bannatyne, headteacher at Balfron High, said: “It has been a great week for the Balfron High community. We were honoured to be presented with the prestigious gold School Sport Award from sportscotland on Wednesday. Our focus now is on continuing to further improve participation through the great opportunities we offer our young people.
“We are so proud of Ross and all that he has achieved. He is a great role model and continues to provide support and inspiration to young people at our school. We are delighted that Ross chose Balfron High School as the location for the gold bike rack commemorating his 200m gold medal swim. We are committed to maximising the range of opportunities our young people have to participate in sport and physical activities. The bike rack is a most welcome addition to our resources and will no doubt encourage young people and members of the community to cycle to and from our campus.”
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.”