Olympic gold diver’s gran returns to Bute roots

Margaret Campbell, pictured on her return to Rothesay after her grandson David Boudiah won Olympic gold in London in the 10-metre platform diving competition.
Margaret Campbell, pictured on her return to Rothesay after her grandson David Boudiah won Olympic gold in London in the 10-metre platform diving competition.

Were you glued to your TV set on the penultimate night of the London Olympics last month, cheering Britain’s Tom Daley on in the diving competition?

If you - like us - were among those who shook their heads ruefully when Daley lost out on both gold and silver, and who felt that watching David Boudia of the USA being crowned the new Olympic 10-metre platform champion just wasn’t something quite so special, you might have felt a little different had you known of Boudia’s link to Bute.

For Boudia’s grandmother is Margaret Campbell, nee King, who was born on Bute and went to school on the island - and who returned recently to catch up with an old school friend, Violet Axworthy.

Margaret now lives in San Pedro in southern California, but went to school on Bute in the late 1940s - and who returned as a teacher of English at Rothesay Academy in the early 1970s.

“I was there,” she told us proudly. “We didn’t have high hopes for gold for David, but because he didn’t do very well in the final in Beijing in 2008, he just made up his mind to do well in London.”

* More on Margaret’s return to Bute in the September 7 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.