Some of Great Britain’s first medallists of the 2018 European Championships, along with Glasgow 2018 sporting ambassadors for Golf and Rowing, joined spectators in experiencing the fun family activities at GO LIVE! at the Green.
Track cyclists Emily Kay, who took silver in the 10km scratch race and Scotland’s Neah Evans, part of the women’s victorious gold medal winning pursuit team, took part in a Q&A on the main stage, followed by a visit to the cycling ‘Have a Go’ zone to show off their skills.
Thrilled to be part of the team to win Great Britain’s first gold medal of the Championships, Neah Evans said: “It’s nice to get out the Velodrome for some fresh air and being able to meet people who want to celebrate the medal win and congratulate me is really nice! It’s also brilliant to see bikeability skills being offered as part of GO LIVE! At The Green, getting kids trying out the sport.
“The city is so friendly, and with the Women’s Road Race on tomorrow and finishing in Glasgow Green, it’s a great opportunity for people to come down and cheer on the riders.”
Golf ambassador, Carly Booth, one of Scotland’s most recognisable professional golfers, spent the day trying her hand at the variety of sporting activities on offer as well as giving some golf tips to aspiring golfers in the “Have a Go” golf zone run by Scottish Golf.
The 26-year old from Perthshire, who famously became the UK’s youngest ladies club champion at just 11-years-old, said: “It is fantastic to see so many fun sporting activities available for people to come along and try at GO LIVE! at the Green. It is an exciting way to involve children and families in the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and the fact that it is free is even better.
“I really hope it inspires people to get out and see some of the world-class sporting action taking place in the six sports across Scotland over the next nine days including the golf at Gleneagles and supporting the home-grown athletes.
“Challenging Charlie was great fun although I took it easy on him because I think he let me off quite lightly in the boxing ring!”
Rower, Karen Bennett who grew up in Edinburgh, fresh from her silver medal winning performance in the women’s eight at Strathclyde Park this morning, also spent time investigating the variety of activities available as well as participating in a Family Healthy Eating cookery demonstration at the Kitchen Garden.
She added: “It was really special to win in front of a home crowd with friends and family there to watch. This was a big thing to compete in the UK, the World Cup in 2013 was the last time we competed on home soil so it’s a big thing to do it here.
“Being part of a multi-sport event is great for rowing, it puts our sport in the spotlight and hopefully we’ll inspire more youngsters to have a go. It has been fantastic to see the positive impact the Championships is having on children and families at GO LIVE! at the Green with so many people enjoying the sport and cultural activities on offer.”
GO LIVE! at the Green is part of the 11-day long sporting and cultural celebrations in the city as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. A unique and exhilarating experience, it offers fun sport and fitness activities, fantastic Scottish food and drink, innovative performances and thrilling entertainment. And best of all, it is free to attend!
Here’s a taster of what to expect:
The Main Stage
Enjoy ‘morning energiser’ and ‘evening wind-down’ work-out sessions, join the Science Centre’s interactive journey of discovery and take in a host of top musical performances from solo artists, rock bands and the best of young Scottish creative talent.
The Kitchen Garden
This will be home to the best in Scottish food & drink during the 11 days of GO LIVE! at The Green. Pick up tips from celebrity chefs, take part in cookery workshops or sample tasty snacks from suppliers and producers – there’s something to suit every taste!
Sport & Fitness
Sport and physical fitness is, as you’d expect, high on the agenda at GO LIVE! at The Green. You can have a go at a huge range of sports including beginners’ golf activities, computer-generated swimming challenges, indoor-rowing machine races and gymnastics taster-sessions.
Mind, Body and Soul
It’s not just physical fitness that’s important – positive mental health is also a priority and there are lots of wellbeing and nature activities on offer. Find out more about health and nature walks from Greenspace Scotland or enter the Labyrinth path and just take the opportunity to be mindful and enjoy the peace and calmness of open space. There will also be advice on volunteering, wellbeing challenges and visualisation sessions to support your dreams and aspirations.
The Big Top
Celebrate 250 years of circus in the UK by taking in breath-taking acrobatics, gravity-defying aerial feats and spectacular juggling displays in the colourful Big Top.
Thrills and Spills
Jump aboard the fabulous Ferris Wheel and revel in the panoramic views across the city or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, enjoy the exhilaration of the AirBag Freedrop by jumping from the top of a high tower and experiencing the ultimate land-based freefall activity. (Charges apply for these activities)
Year of Young People
2018 is the Year of Young People and everything in this zone has been designed by young people from across the city and beyond. Take part in Bubble Football, Human Table Football or watch stand-out performances from talented young Scottish musicians and singers.
GO LIVE! at The Green is the biggest and best, friendliest and most affordable family event of recent years so make sure you don’t miss out! Find out more here.