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Burnside Primary Sports Stars


03/03/15

Burnside Primary School were sporting stars at the recent South Lanarkshire Primary Schools sportshall athletics event.

Following area finals held in January, eleven primary school teams, representing the five areas of South Lanarkshire, took part in the finals of the at John Wright Sports Centre in East Kilbride earlier this month.

And Burnside finished in third place.


Sportshall athletics is very much a ‘fun athletics’ approach to competition which provides the opportunity for young people to participate in a modified version of track and field athletics.

This is an indoor based activity which allows the budding athletes the chance to try athletics as part of a team. The overall aim is to introduce athletics to the young pupils and hopefully encourage them to take up the sport and join a club.

The teams have to compete in standing long jump, vertical jump, speed bounds and chest push.

Each team enters two athletes in each event and the cumulative distance achieved by the athletes counts towards the school’s total. The track events are all relays, which allow the participants to develop a team spirit during their training.


The Burnside squad comprised of Harry Kent, Niamh Gillies, Mark Hinshelwood, Emma Anderson, Harrison Edwards, Holly Lonie, Aidan McDade, Katie Lynas Coyle, Logan Stewart, Louise Graham, Callum Shearer, Abbie Paterson, Rhys Peacock, Evie Speirs, Michael Black, Katie Dingwall, Sam Harkin and Alice Fowley. Pictured above.


On the day each school selected their best performers to compete in 10 track and eight field events. The competition was very tight throughout the day as there was everything to go for with the top school going through to the West of Scotland final, to represent South Lanarkshire.

Winner of the competition was St Kenneth’s in East Kilbride, followed by Kirktonholme, also from East Kilbride.


Gary Campbell, acting depute head teacher at Burnside, was delighted with the performance from his pupils.

He said: “All the children worked extremely hard having finished in second place in the Cambuslang/Rutherglen final in January.

“Working together as a team they were extremely motivated to outperform their previous performance resulting in them finishing in third place overall in the South Lanarkshire final.

“The children are a credit to themselves, the school and their families and are all very proud of their achievement.”