Schools in Rutherglen and Castlemilk help name commonwealth landscapes
Dec 12 2012
by Douglas Dickie, Rutherglen Reformer
Schools in Rutherglen and Castlemilk will see their ideas transmitted to millions - after the names for the features on the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike course were revealed.
The course will play host to the mountain biking competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
To mark the occasion, Glasgow City Council’s Land and Environmental Services, South Lanarkshire Council Land Environmental Services, and Glasgow 2014, invited local schools to name the eight prominent features on the course.
Thirteen schools responded and generated over 800 suggestions with the winners being announced at an awards ceremony at Glasgow 2014’s HQ, Commonwealth House, last week.
The names, which will continue to be used after the games, all perfectly describe each feature and contain elements of local knowledge from the kids. They were: Propellor Point (Cathkin High School), Double Dare (Cathkin Primary School), Clyde Climb (Castleton Primary School, Rest and Be Thankful (Cathkin High School), Broken Biscuits (Castlemilk High School), The Jouk (Miller Primary School), Brig O’Doom (Trinity High School) and Boulder Dash (St Bartholomew’s Primary School).
Councillor Brian McKenna was at the event to congratulate the children and he said: “Our young people are the future and the innovation and creativity they shown in this competition is of the highest order. They deserve this recognition and our thanks for all their hard work.”
Alistair MacLennan, president of Scottish Cycling, added: “I’m certain when the names of these features are broadcast around the globe during the Mountain Bike events at Glasgow 2014 the winning schools will feel a great sense of pride of having played their part in what is going to be a fantastic Commonwealth Games.”