Medal hero Marc vis­its pri­mary kids

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Robert Mitchell

He made the coun­try proud when he won bronze at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games, so St John’s Pri­mary were ab­so­lutely de­lighted to wel­come Marc Austin re­cently.

The Dixon Street pupils were su­perex­cited when the ath­lete brought his medal along.

He won it at the triathlon, which was a 750m open-wa­ter swim, a 20km cy­cle and a 5km run.

Head teacher Ali­son Hope said: “Marc hosted ques­tion and an­swer ses­sions with chil­dren from pri­mary four to pri­mary seven.

“The chil­dren had been busy re­search­ing ques­tions to ask Marc about his ca­reer, and about com­pet­ing triathlons.

“At the ses­sions, Marc proudly showed his medal to learners who were very ex­cited to find out as much as pos­si­ble about com­pet­ing at a na­tional level and the ded­i­ca­tion it took to get to this stage in his sport­ing ca­reer.

“Chil­dren felt in­spired to suc­ceed at dif­fer­ent sports as well as giv­ing triathlon train­ing a go.

“Marc talked with the chil­dren about their sport­ing jour­ney and was im­pressed with St John’s hav­ing earned a Sil­ver Sport Scot­land Award, and en­cour­aged them to work as hard as pos­si­ble to achieve their gold award.”

Marc is pic­tured show­ing his medal to Rosie Thom­son, Me­gan Chalmers, Jay­den Mil­larvie, Miya Mc­colvin, Umais Mo­ham­mad and Wil­liam Shanks. in

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