Three Commonwealth Baton Bearers selected at Kilgraston
30th April 2014

TWO senior pupils and a well-known teacher at Bridge of Earn’s Kilgraston School have been selected as Baton Bearers in the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games.


Pupils Helen Gloistein and Sarah Anderson and Director of Sport Pauline Stott have been recognised for the outstanding role they play in inspiring others.


Sixth Former Sarah, from Cowdenbeath, was nominated for the honour by Kilgraston, Scotland's only girls boarding school, where she holds academic, music and sport scholarships. A talented singer, she performs in both school and the wider community as well as being featured on the BBC as part of the National Youth Choir’s Christmas Carol programme.  


Sarah also finds time to raise money for charity. She recently celebrated her sixteenth birthday by completing an epic bike ride of 216 miles around Scotland with her father to raise over £1,000 for local charity Mary’s Meals.


Helen, from Scone, is a mentor and role model to the younger girls at Kilgraston and last year was awarded the school’s Gordon Cup for Personal Endeavour in the Upper School. She is Kilgraston’s ski captain and has achieved the Saltire “Ascent” award for completing over two hundred hours of volunteering.


And double Hockey Olympian Pauline Stott, who represented GB at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, now inspires hundreds of girls and young women in her role as Kilgraston’s Director of Sport.


On learning that she is to represent Kilgraston in the relay, Pauline said: “We’re all absolutely delighted to be selected to carry the Queen’s Baton in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games. It’s a huge honour and thrilling to be part of such a special occasion. I’m sure we’ll all remember it forever and we’re really looking forward to the day.”


In addition, L6 pupil Sarah Cheape (17) from Glenfarg has been given the role of a kit carrier for the athletes in the Athletics.


She said: “I have a training and helping day for the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships to allow me to practice for the Games and then another training day before the Games, so it’s really exciting!”


And two members of staff will be involved in key volunteer roles for the Games. Director of Music Andrew McGarva has opted to help with transportation and meeting and greeting while Libby Rodger, who teaches PE and has already put in over 120 hours of volunteering for the games, will be active in the Athletics stadium.


The Queen’s Baton Relay symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the Glasgow 2014 Games. Helen, Sarah and Pauline will play their roles in the baton’s journey of 190,000 kilometres over 288 days in 70 countries.


Kilgraston Acting Principal Carol Ann Lund said: “The entire school is delighted that Sarah, Helen and Pauline are to share in the excitement of the countdown to the Commonwealth Games. It’s wonderful that their commitment to helping others, which is at the heart of the Kilgraston ethos, has been recognised and rewarded in this special way.”


Our two pictures shows Sarah on her charity bike ride around Scotland; and Pauline Stott.


29 April 2014

INFORMATION – Alan Clark, 01324 875454

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