IT might not be visiting the town, and it’s five months until the official Olympic torch sets off from Land’s End, but youngsters from Hawick are getting fired up to herald the launch of ‘Oor Torch’.
The torch, which has been created and donated by local jeweller Hamish Smith, will signal the start of the Vision 2014 Year of Sport.
And following hot on the heels of the inaugural Year of Arts and Culture, it promises to be another 12 months to remember for the hugely ambitious group.Committee member and high school rector Alan Williamson told the Hawick News: “We might not be witnessing the real Olympic torch in Hawick, but we feel passionately on the Vision 2014 committee that ‘Oor Torch’ will be even better.”
The torch will be passed around every school in the Teviot and Liddesdale learning community and will be handed over to the first school – which remains a closely guarded secret – at the official launch on January 18.
In addition, there will also be sporting and wellbeing events within schools throughout the 2012/13 session and plans are in place for a fantastic opening ceremony, involving more than 2,000 pupils on June 12. While Mr Williamson added: “In the first two weeks of term, all pupils in the primary schools will also receive their Border Sport and Leisure Vision 2014 passport.
“This will allow pupils to collect points by participating in Olympic sports and also sports relevant to the Teviot and Liddesdale learning community at the end of which they will receive medals and certificates in the build-up to the Olympics in August.”
Also at this month’s event in the Heritage Hub there will be the launch of educational materials which have been developed by Ian Landles and Judith Murray to promote the value of the late Bill McLaren, under the auspices of the Bill McLaren Foundation.
They will be piloted in the form of workshops with primary and first year pupils from all the schools in and around the town.
Mr Williamson said: “It should be a very entertaining and interesting day.
“We feel that these are all really exciting projects and we hope that the people of the town will continue to support the Vision 2014 project and help us promote the Year of Sport.”