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World Champion leads local school PE lesson

12 October 2023

Curling World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Hammy McMillan Jr leads PE lessons on visit to Stevenson school.

Pupils at St Johns RC Primary School in North Ayrshire brushed up on their curling skills during a special visit from Team GB athlete Hammy McMillan Jr.

The visits – which were arranged as part of our partnership with Team GB – saw ‘Hammy’ make a special guest appearance at the school, where he talked about his journey to winning medals for Scotland and Great Britain on the world stage.

He also highlighted the Scottish roots of the sport – from stone extraction on Ailsa Craig, to the manufacturing of Olympic curling stones in Mauchline.

He then led PE lessons, with pupils given the chance to try out special indoor curling kits and get a taste of the skills needed to succeed in the sport. Amongst the keen curlers was Depute Provost of North Ayrshire Council, Cllr John Sweeney who joined primary pupils in the taster session.

Hammy, who lives in Glasgow, was part of the team crowned World Champions earlier this year in Canada. He was also part of the successful Team GB side that won a silver medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics last year.

North Ayrshire Council’s Active Schools team helped organise the event and hopes Hammy’s visit will inspire the young people to be active and, potentially, take up the sport.  Senior pupils from St Matthew Academy North Ayrshire Sports Academy (NASA) leaders held indoor curling sessions for the pupils after the visit and will continue to hold these over the coming weeks.

Hammy McMillan, world champion and Olympic silver medallist, said:

It was great working with Persimmons Homes. The partnership between Persimmon Homes and Team GB helps us to inspire the next generation of athletes and gives the kids the chance to meet local athletes. Being "local" to the area, only living in Glasgow, I really enjoyed the chance to share my passion for sport with pupils in Lesmahagow. 

“They really enjoyed the chance to try their hand at indoor curling and who knows, we might just see one or two of them representing their country on the ice in the future.”

North Ayrshire Depute Provost John Sweeney said:

“A big thanks to Hammy, Persimmon Homes and our Active Schools team for organising this special event.

“The young people will have absolutely loved it and who knows it might inspire a future Olympian. Being active is so important and it’s great that a young role model took the time to speak with them and share his passion for the sport.”

Chris Logan, Managing Director of West Scotland, said:

“I am delighted to have seen firsthand the impact of Hammy’s visit on local students, and I hope that they have been inspired by Scottish athletes excelling on the world stage.

“Persimmon is determined to leave a lasting legacy in the areas where we operate, and utilising our partnership with Team GB to inspire future generations of Olympic champions is a big part of that.”

Persimmon Homes is one of North Ayrshire’s largest homebuilders and is creating a number of new communities across the council area. You can find out more about our developments including new sites in both Kilwinning and West Kilbride. 

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