A martial arts instructor from Bearsden has been chosen to be an official Commonwealth Games baton bearer through the town on Saturday, July 19.
Hugh Russell (57), chief instructor of Bearsden Martial Arts Club, is going to carry the baton while running along Milngavie Road from Carrickarden Road.
Hugh has been practising martial arts for over 40 years (since the age of 17) and he has been the chief instructor for the Bearsden Martial Arts club for over 20 years.
He was nominated by the club for his unstinting leadership and support over the years - literally hundreds of young people in Bearsden and Milngavie have benefited from his tuition.
Many students have been encouraged to enjoy martial arts and lots have achieved the top grade of black belt.
Jackie Russell, the club secretary, said: “Hugh is always enthusiastic and encouraging and wishes to impart his passion and knowledge of martial arts to generations to come.”
The Bearsden Martial Arts Club runs in St Joseph’s Primary School, Milngavie and at Bearsden Academy (and formerly at St Andrew’s Primary School, Bearsden).
Hugh is also working as a volunteer optometrist in the medical base for the duration of the Games.
The Games this summer is a real family affair as Hugh’s son David is the architect who is responsible for the shooting competition at Barry Buddon in Dundee.
Hugh, of Ballater Drive, Bearsden, said: “I’m delighted to have been nominated for this honour and I will be very proud to carry the baton.
“In accepting this important task I would like to thank my club members and particularly my fellow instructors for their help and support over the years.
“It’s very rewarding to see youngsters over the years become more skilled in martial arts and become very well co-ordinated.”