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Scott celbrates Shetland's inclusion in Olympic Torch relay

May 18, 2011 2:02 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament to mark the inclusion of Shetland in the 2012 Olympic torch relay.

The motion welcomes the inclusion of Shetland in the relay, noting that Shetland is "all too often overlooked by Scottish and UK bodies sometimes not even appearing on their maps." And it hopes that "many Shetland athletes, such as young Shetland fencer and all-round sportswoman Mhairi Gifford from the Brae High School, who represented both Shetland and Scotland when the relay route was announced at Land's End on the 18th May 2011, will get the opportunity to act as torchbearers."

Tavish Scott said;

"It makes a pleasant change for Shetland to be included in an event such as this. It would have been all too easy for the route planners to decide that getting to and from Shetland was too difficult, but to their credit, they have not. I hope that, when more details are revealed, the torch will be in Shetland for long enough for a reasonable number of Shetland athletes to take part in the relay, and for those that want to see the torch pass to do so. And I hope that the good example of the relay organisers is followed by many other Scottish or UK organisations when they plan "national" events."

Notes:

Text of motion:

Olympic Torch to Reach Shetland

That the Parliament notes that the Olympic Torch is to visit Shetland on its 8 000 mile relay of the UK next summer, as it travels from Land's End to the Olympic Stadium; welcomes the inclusion of the UK's most northerly community which is all too often overlooked by Scottish and UK bodies sometimes not even appearing on their maps; and hopes that many Shetland athletes, such as young Shetland fencer and all-round sportswoman Mhairi Gifford from the Brae High School, who represented both Shetland and Scotland when the relay route was announced at Land's End on the 18th May 2011, will get the opportunity to act as torchbearers.