The official mascot of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games kicked off a tour of Scotland’s primary schools on Monday morning with a visit to Rothesay Primary.
Clyde, a giant green thistle, was joined by two of Scotland’s top Commonwealth athletes - swimnmer David Carry and badminton player Susan Egelstaff - at the start of the two-week tour, which began almost at the very moment tickets for next summer’s Games went on public sale.
The pupils were introduced to the 17 sports of the Commonwealth Games by Clyde, as well as being given a personal insight from both David and Susan into what it takes to become a sporting champion and what it means to compete for Scotland at a Commonwealth Games.
Susan, who won two bronze medals at the 2006 Games in Melbourne, said: “I remember watching the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and being inspired as a youngster by the amazing athletes competing. Glasgow 2014 will have a similar impact on the youngsters of today and I’m excited to be involved in this tour around Scotland.
“It is crucial that young people across the country have the opportunity to experience live world-class sport in person, It’s a once In a lifetime opportunity and young Scots growing up today will want to have the chance to say in years to come ‘I was there’.”
* Later today we’ll have a video message on this site from David Carry, who won two gold medals at those Melbourne Games, filmed during Clyde’s visit to Rothesay Primary - don’t miss it!