Athletics

The Away End follow the Olympic flame

Written by Andrew Southwick.

The Olympic flame visited Scotland for the first time on Friday, and The Away End were there to take in this historic occasion.
 
Nine students and graduates from the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree at the University of the West of Scotland were there producing videos, alongside course leader Elizabeth McLaughlin and BBC's online editor Tom Connor.

They were also aided by school pupils from Maybole, who became reporters for the day.
 
The students produced two videos ahead of the flame arriving, and three from the day itself. You can view all five below:-
 
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Maybole youngsters report on seeing the Olympic flame

Written by Andrew Southwick.

St Cuthbert’s Primary School pupils took to the streets with notebooks, pens and their cameras to capture the historic arrival of the Olympic torch.

The news day was the culmination of a month-long project with UWS Journalism Lecturer Elizabeth McLaughlin and her Sports Journalism students.

The pupils took note and interviewed people for their stories and captured the Olympic visit on camera and video.

Here are the reports from the day, with a photo gallery below:

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Ayrshire school children become Olympic reporters

Written by Elizabeth McLaughlin.

Children from a school in Maybole have been learning how to be reporters in time for the Olympic Torch Relay visit to their town on Friday.

The primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils from St Cuthbert’s Primary have received some lessons in journalism from UWS Senior Lecturer Elizabeth McLaughlin.

Elizabeth, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree discussed the basics of what makes news and how to gather news in words, photographs and videos with the budding reporters.

The students will also cover the Olympic Torch Relay festivities for #citizenrelay (www.citizenrelay.net) – a Creative Scotland funded project headed up by UWS’ Dr David McGillivray  – and will write stories, take pictures and shoot some videos which will be uploaded to the #citizenrelay website throughout the day.

As well as covering the torch procession through the streets of Maybole before the Olympic flame heads off to Alloway – the school children will cover the Mini Olympic Games which is open to all the schools in the area.
 
Elizabeth McLaughlin with some of the pupils in Maybole

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Scotland set to welcome the Olympic flame

Written by Andrew Southwick.

By Andrew Southwick:
 
This weekend, the Olympic flame will be in Scotland, a historic event that The Away End will be following.
 
We'll be there as it arrives on our shores and makes its way through Ayrshire, and you can follow all our progress on our youtube channel where we'll be making a range of videos.
 
We'll also be heavily contributing to citizenrelay.net, and working alongside Tom Connor from the BBC as we follow the torch through Maybole, Alloway and Kilmarnock.
 
 
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Laura Muir breaks thirty year Kelvin Hall record

Written by Scott Lowrie.

By Scott Lowrie:
 
Dundee Hawick athlete Laura Muir broke a thirty year record, then romped to another impressive win weeks later.
 
She proved to be one of the top performers at Kelvin Hall on March the 3rd, coming in at 57.23 seconds in the U20's 400 metres.

The Glasgow University student broke the record held by Linsey Macdonald over 800 metres at the Senior Indoor Championships at the Glasgow venue.

When asked about her performance, Muir declared herself “quite pleased” with her showing.

She said: “I had quite a fast heat so I’m glad I was able to qualify for the final and I was pleased with my performance in the final as well”.

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