Local schoolchildren assist with finish line reporting
Ella Cockerill, a sixth year pupil at Kinlochleven High School, was on the finish line of the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships race today with Skyline Scotland media manager Fiona Russell to assist with reporting.
Ella, 17, helped Fiona to record and compile quotes from the top athletes in the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra (edit: and Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace) for a press release and a news article for the website.
Ella and Fiona interview the ULTRA Skyrunning World Championship winner Jonathan Albon.
The opportunity came as part of a Skyline Scotland partnership with Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 .
Head of English at Arnamurchan High School, Peter Newman, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for pupils from both Ardnamurchan and Kinlochleven high schools to be involved in such a prestigious event.
“They are gaining first hand experience, such as helping with volunteer teams, entertaining with music and singing and compiling reports for school websites and social media.
The #SkyWorldChamps18 opening ceremony last night featured musical performances, flag parade, and reporting by the #YOYPSkyline team from local Ardnamurchan + Kinlochleven High Schools.— Glen Coe Skyline (@GlenCoeSkyline) September 14, 2018
Here's their first video edit of rehearsals for the big occasion:@YOYP2018#YOYP2018 pic.twitter.com/QIVg6pesLa
“The curriculum is placing a greater emphasis on skills for life – and in Scotland's Year Of Young People we are grateful to have the chance to work with Skyline Scotland.”
Ella said: “I am going to university next year and thinking about a career. I would like to become a journalist, I think.
“Today has been really good experience. It has shown me a bit about how reporting is done and it has inspired me further to do journalism as a career.”
Recording and taking notes after Kilian Jornet becomes SKY World Champion 2018.
Shane Ohly, Race Director of Skyline Scotland, is delighted to be part of Scotland's Year of Young People 2018. The activities are supported by the YOYP2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
Shane said: “We offer a warm welcome to the local community with the fantastic support of the Kinlochleven Community Trust and children from local schools as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People.
“It has been great to have the children working with us and experiencing a truly global sporting event.”