Falkirk Champs pick up awards

Our wee champs with sporting star Jade Nimmo
Our wee champs with sporting star Jade Nimmo

Everyone’s a champ ... and while long jumper Jade 
Nimmo may be the best known in this group, all of them have star quality.

Falkirk voted for its top three Wee Champions and the winning youngsters are now reaping their sporting rewards.

The competition, run by the Howgate in conjunction with The Falkirk Herald, saw over 1600 votes cast online and in person at the shopping centre’s information point for young entries in three age categories.

The 13 to 17 age group winner was Rumford’s Christina Tytler (13), who is visually 
impaired but does not let that stop her excelling at swimming, running and long jump.

Despite struggling with her eyesight since birth and now registered blind, she has already won six gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze certificates.

Christina’s ambition is to participate in the Paralympics.

Football and basketball star Kieran Daly (12), of Maddiston, took top honours in the eight to 12-year-olds category. He trains three times a week and plays every Saturday.

Despite being born 13 weeks prematurely and requiring a significant amount of medical care in his early life, Kieran has proved to be a battler. He admits that playing football gives him confidence.

Lionthorn Highland dancer Lucy Forrest (7) won the seven and under group.

Despite her lack of years – she is regularly the youngest competing in her age group by a large margin – she has won over 44 competitions.

Her parents, who drive her all over Scotland and England to compete, say she lives and breathes for dancing.

Howgate marketing manager Margaret Foy said: “It was a great competition which customers really got behind. We had the biggest response for any competition we have ever done and I think the Commonwealth Games really inspired people to get involved.

“These youngsters are all passionate about their sport and already successful.”

Christina, Kieran and Lucy each get a £100 voucher to spend in the Howgate, as well as a private training session with Hallglen’s Commonwealth Games long jumper Jade Nimmo who will pass on her tips for success.

The other finalists were: Chloe MacDonald, Stuart Irving, Jack Webster, Sammy Ralston, Ryan O’Donnell and Emily Fawkes.