Games provide starting blocks for shared success

Morgan Morris of Waid Academy (centre) at the inspire>aspire ceremony
Morgan Morris of Waid Academy (centre) at the inspire>aspire ceremony

Success in a major Commonwealth Games-influenced educational venture has blossomed into an inspirational summer for one East Neuk school pupil.

Waid Academy’s Morgan Morris took second prize gold – the second highest award – at last month’s national inspire>aspire awards.

Thousands of school pupils around the country had been asked to design a poster to promote their visions for a better world, listing inspirational figures and a personal action plan modelled on self-discovery.

Thanks largely to his active presence on social media, Morgan landed a week-long work placement with inspire>aspire after his success and was invited to write a blog for Legacy2014.

“At the start of the week, I was asked to create a social group on Facebook to connect all the present and previous (inspire>aspire) winners and finalists, so they can share their experience of participating in the programme and what they have been doing since winning their award,” he said.

By the endof the week, Morgan had a group with 55 members.

“When I think about the impact that hosting the Commonwealth Games will have on young people in Scotland, I think there will be more opportunities for them to take up a new sport as there are brand new sporting facilities,” he said.

“There will be a lot of money being brought into the country, so there will be better facilities available around the nation after the Games.

“Finally, there have been many opportunities for young people to become involved in the Games through the Queens Baton Relays, and volunteering while the Games are on in the venues, which will let them develop more skills in many areas.”

Morgan had chosen singer Lady GaGa as his inspirational person while compiling his competition entry.