Kyle is going for gold at Olympics

Merkland School pupil Kyle Terry who will be playing football at the special olympics in Athens.  Tuesday, May 24 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark
Merkland School pupil Kyle Terry who will be playing football at the special olympics in Athens. Tuesday, May 24 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark

AN ‘outstanding’ sportsman has been chosen for the Great Britain football team.

Kyle Terry (17) has spoken of his delight after being called up to the squad for the Special Olympics in Athens, Greece.

The skillful left-sided midfielder is no stranger to international success and plays for the Scotland under-19 LD football team.

He is also the West of Scotland senior cross country champion two years running, and the Scottish 200m champion.

Before heading off to Athens with the GB squad Kyle, who attends Merkland School and lives in Kirkintilloch, said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait.”

Jim Paterson, deputy head teacher at Merkland, said the whole school was behind Kyle.

He told the Herald: “We are all exceptionally proud of Kyle’s achievements. He’s an exceptional ambassador and an outstanding sportsman.

“Not everybody gets to represent their country at a World Olympics and we’re just delighted for him.

“The whole school wishes him well for Athens.”

To help Kyle achieve his Olympic dream, for which he had to raise funds to pay for expenses, the Dumbarton Lions Club - part of the worldwide Lions charitable organisation - presented a £250 cheque to the school to assist the gifted young sportsman.