The Olympic Games have proved marathon viewing for sports fans, though other viewers might perhaps have wished themselves on a distant beach with no volleyball players or champion divers for miles!

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the athletes push themselves to extraordinary feats for Olympic glory, and I am glad the organisation of London 2012 went well despite its initial problems. Read more of this post


The issue now is how to convert the great successes of the Olympics into enhanced participation in sports by young Scots – with the emphasis not simply on winning or on competition but on leading healthier, more active lives.

The Scottish Government has comprehensively monitored the health of the nation since 1995, with the introduction of the Scottish Health Survey. Of particular concern is the finding that less than half of girls aged over 12 are taking the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise. Read more of this post

S4M-03775: Congratulations to Andy Murray on Olympic Victory

That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s Andy Murray on becoming the first person to win gold in the Olympic Men’s Singles Tennis for the British team since Josiah Ritchie in 1908 after what it considers to be his stunning straight sets victory against Roger Federer on Wimbledon’s Centre Court; commends what it views as his modest and dignified demeanour in victory; further congratulates Andy Murray and his playing partner Laura Robson on winning silver in the mixed doubles, and wishes Andy Murray many more successes in his outstanding career.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret Burgess, Kevin Stewart, Colin Keir, Maureen Watt, Dave Thompson, Colin Beattie, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan

Date Lodged: 06/08/2012

London Olympics

When London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, I feared a massive drain of taxpayers’ money to the southeast of England.  Although some football matches will be held in Glasgow and we have some sub-contract work, I regret that my concerns have been proved right, with little benefit coming to Scotland. Read more of this post

S4M-03584: Congratulations to Eilidh Child on her Olympic Selection

That the Parliament congratulates Eilidh Child from Pitreavie Athletics Club in Dunfermline on being selected by the British Olympic Association to compete in the 400 metre hurdles at London 2012; notes that she is already the silver medallist from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and wishes her the very best for further success at London 2012.

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Maureen Watt, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Burgess, Kevin Stewart, Alison Johnstone

Date Lodged: 04/07/2012

Big Lottery Olympics Funding for Local Schools

Pupils from four West Fife primary schools have taken part in a cluster Olympic Games, after securing grants from the Big Lottery Fund that enabled them to deliver training sessions.

Maclean, Culross, Townhill and Crossford Primary Schools each delivered activities such as athletics, badminton, football, hockey, basketball, gymnastics, netball and tennis. The funding also went towards items such as t-shirts, flags, gazebos and sports equipment. Read more of this post