Fife team picked for Olympiad

Among those selected for Team Fife are Joe Kinninmonth (boys football); Jennifer Rees (tennis); Jamie Ferguson (volleyball); Michaela McLachlan (girls football) and Kerri Dinnel (girls football)
Among those selected for Team Fife are Joe Kinninmonth (boys football); Jennifer Rees (tennis); Jamie Ferguson (volleyball); Michaela McLachlan (girls football) and Kerri Dinnel (girls football)
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The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow in July, however a group of 115 secondary pupils from Fife have their own international sports event to look forward to next month.

They will be travelling to Bergama, Turkey, to compete for Team Fife at the 2014 Youth Olympiad – a sports competition for secondary school pupils held every three years.

The Fife Olympiad group started in 1978 as a result of conversations between a German town, Boeblingen, and its six twin towns – one of which is Glenrothes – and the towns now take it in turns to host the event.

The Bergama Olympiad 2014, which takes place between June 18 and 22, will feature both girls and boys teams taking part in football, athletics, badminton, basketball, judo, karate, volleyball and tennis.

The Fife squads have been selected and excited pupils from Auchmuty, Balwearie, Beath, Bell Baxter, Buckhaven, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Glenwood, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Kirkland, Madras, Queen Anne, St Columbas, Waid and Woodmill secondary schools are training hard with their coaches to get ready to head to Bergama.

For many this will be their first trip away from home without parents, and also their first experience of travelling abroad to represent Fife.

The Fife Olympiad committee has been working very hard to get everything in place for this once in a lifetime opportunity for these pupils, and it is hoped they enjoy it and demonstrate the wonderful sporting talent produced in Fife.