THE 200 youngsters and coaches who represented Fife at the tri-annual Europe-wide Olympiad held this year in Alba, Northern Italy, have come home with a bagful of medals and memories.
They took part in a programme of sports which included athletics, badminton, basketball, football, judo, karate, swimming, volleyball and tennis.
Among the medal winners were the tennis team who picked up two golds, with Morven McCulloch from St Andrews winning both the girls singles and the girls doubles – partnered by Robyn Graham from Dunshalt – coming back from a set and 5-1 down to win the final.
The karate team also did very well, bringing back three golds, six silver and eight bronze medals. In fact each squad member brought back a medal.
In judo, both Sandie Ferguson from Kirkcaldy and Callum Donald from Glenrothes won bronze medals.
The badminton team tally totalled three bronzes, although this could have been more, it is believed, but unfortunately the squad was hit by unexpected illness and resultant withdrawals.
The swimming team collected three bronze medals in the 200m female freestyle, 400m female freestyle and the 100m male medley.
The male football team played a round robin against each of the other six participating countries and when three teams tied on 13 points the medal positions were decided by the scores of these three against each other.
As a result this put Fife in third place and bronze medal position on the podium.
The female football team also won through to the bronze medal position play-off, winning the match 2-1 against the Boblingen girls.
In both basketball and volleyball neither team won medals this year but their coaches were still delighted with their competitive spirit and effort.
In athletics, the team tally was three golds (Emma Logan from Cupar, Naomi Fox from Dunfermline and Niall Curley from Markinch), three silvers, and six bronzes.
“Everyone who represented the region acquitted themselves exceptionally well,” said organizing secretary Aileen Penny, “and we are delighted that they added to the medal tally gathered by representatives of Fife in previous Olympiads.