THE countdown is on to the start of the London 2012 Olympics and one inspiring pupil is already out of the starting blocks in the build-up to the greatest show on earth.
Taisa Reynolds has struck gold by scooping a final position in a nationwide competition.
The Braes High School pupil was one of the winners at last week’s Inspire>Aspire awards ceremony in Stirling for her creative poster design.
The national awards ceremony recognised the work of primary and secondary pupils who researched the inspiring values and characters of past and present Olympians and Paralympians.
Once expertly versed in their subjects, participants had to create posters on how they incorporate the attributes into their lives to help them aspire to their own goals.
Taisa chose successful Scots swimmer Kirsty Balfour for her project, which wowed the judges, and joined sports stars and Olympic officials at the ceremony to celebrate the results.
Her entry was one of the best out of 15,000 entries from acroos Scotland’s schools.
Scotland’s sports ambassador and founder of Street Sport, Katharine Brown, said: “I’m delighted and astounded by the honesty, thoughtfulness, self-reflection and positivity from each child as a result of this marvellous, inspiring project.
“I am proud to be part of this engaging and unique project, a credit to Scotland.”
Sir Craig Reedie CBE of the International Olympic Committee added: “The Inspire>Aspire Values Award is the ideal way for young people in Scotland to get close to London 2012 and to make a connection between sports people and their characters and the young people’s own lives.”
Breaststroke swimmer Kirsty Balfour (27) won gold in the 200m 2006 European Long-course Championships and silver at the World Championships in 2007.