Published: 05 August 2012
Article: ‘Scottish sports stars of the future head to Olympics'
Scottish athletes from the worlds of tennis and cycling will get first-hand experience of the pursuit of Olympic glory over the next few days as they join the Secretary of State for Scotland at events in London.
The Minister has used an allocation of Olympic tickets to give rising stars the chance to see the greatest global sporting event in person.Glasgow-based tennis player Anna Brogan, 14, will attend the Men's Singles Tennis Final at Wimbledon today, as Andy Murray takes on Roger Federer for the gold medal. She won her first ITF Under 18 Junior International tournament in May this year and has represented Great Britain in the Under 16's team and individual European events.
Scottish cyclists Callum Skinner and John Paul will also join the Secretary of State at the Men¿s Keirin Track Cycling at the Olympic Park on Tuesday.Callum was the 2008 British Youth Sprint Champion, Under 23 European sprint medallist in 2011 and was part of the Commonwealth Games Team in Delhi 2010. Callum's Commonwealth Games Team mate, John Paul will also be joining him at the cycling finals, taking place on Tuesday. John is Multiple World & European Junior Champion in Sprint & Keirin and was also the youngest member of Team Scotland's Commonwealth Games cycling team in 2010.
The Secretary of State Michael Moore said: "The Olympics are a once in a lifetime event and the Team GB successes, from Sir Chris Hoy to Andy Murray and our rowers taking medals, are inspiring the whole nation. I am delighted Anna, Callum and John will have the chance to see their respective sports first hand at the Games. It is a unique opportunity to see the best athletes in the world competing at the highest level in London and I hope it will inspire them in their own sporting careers in the future."
Craig Burn, Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling, the national governing body for cycling in Scotland, said: "I am delighted that John and Callum are being given the experience of a lifetime by attend the Keirin Finals. I hope that the Olympic experience will inspire them to achieve the selection standards needed to compete in our home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 at our very own Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome."