Scotland’s very own “Iron Lady”, triathlete and Texas Ironman Champion Catriona Morrison, took the bull by the horns in the Borders on Monday to launch a new sport and healthy activity bursary programme - “Go for It Scotland!”
The new bursary programme, developed by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), is open to all ages and abilities and will be run annually over the next three years in the lead up to Glasgow 2014.
QMS has been working with sportscotland to develop the programme, which will run alongside the range of activities QMS already undertakes to encourage awareness of the importance of good nutrition and a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Catriona Morrison is fronting the new “Go for It Scotland!” campaign and the petite triathlete was in the Borders last week when she teamed up with Highland bull, Jock of Lyntoun, to launch the new bursary which will see 60 individuals or groups receive sponsorship of £500 over 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Ms Morrison believes the programme will attract applications to fund a wide age-range of activities. As a member of the judging panel, she would also like to see applications from people who may have never considered applying for funding before.
“The “Go for It Scotland!” funding can be used for equipment, specialist clothing, travel, training, nutrition, coaching or to set up or develop a new or existing group or club. Anyone can apply providing they live and train in Scotland and take part in a healthy activity which increases their heart rate,” she said.
“Successful applicants will be asked to share their experiences and ‘chat’ about how the bursary has made a difference to them or their club by contributing to a website blog as well as being a good ambassador for their sport and healthy activity.”
QMS is the public body behind the development of the Scottish red meat industry and the promotion of Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork.
Application forms can be downloaded from www.qmscotland.co.uk and the deadline for submitting applications is 5pm on Friday, February 24.