Olympian Euan gives inspirational talk

Euan Dale putting Duns P7's through their paces in the pool as part of the 'champions in schools' programme by Borders sport and leisure

Euan Dale putting Duns P7's through their paces in the pool as part of the 'champions in schools' programme by Borders sport and leisure

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Berwickshire Olympian Euan Dale returned to his roots last week to pass on some helpful swimming tips to primary school children in Duns.

Medal winning swimmer Euan, originally from Abbey St Bathans, competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and won two silver medals in the pool at the 2006 Commonwealth Games which were held in Melbourne.

Both Primary 7 classes at Duns Primary School enjoyed what was their second visit from Euan. The pupils enjoyed some swimming lessons which were full of tips and advice. It was then back to the classroom where Euan led a talk on fitness and how to make the correct nutrition choices.

Euan will return to the school for a third and final visit in May when the topic to be covered is ‘Winning attitudes’.

The visit was part of the ‘Champions in Schools’ programme which was brought to the school through Active Schools and the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust. A life-skills programme delivered by the charity Winning Scotland Foundation, it places Scotland’s high performing athletes in the classroom to deliver a series of three inspirational workshops during the school year. Through the medium of sport, pupils are educated on how to set and achieve goals, pursue a healthy and active lifestyle, appreciate the value of hard work and adopt a positive, winning attitude.

The champions illustrate that these skills and attitudes are transferable and that they are fundamental for success in all areas of life, not just on the field of play. By bringing some of Scotland’s sporting greats face-to-face with the nation’s school pupils, ‘Champions in Schools’ aims to guide and motivate Scotland’s young people to become a generation who fulfill their potential.

Active Schools co-ordinator, Marianne O’Brien, said: “The pupils are really enjoying their visits from the local Olympic champion Euan Dale. They have held his commonwealth medals, tried on his GB tracksuit top and even had a swimming lesson! They have been engaging in the topics and seem to be taking on board the information and his advice on winning attitudes, goal setting and healthy lifestyles. They also seem to love his stories of how he got to where he is and of the games he has attended and the other athletes he has swam against such as Michael Phelps.”