AN OLYMPIAN from the region is rallying the nation to get fundraising during this year’s Games, which kicked-off in Tokyo last week.
Team GB Modern Pentathlon competitor Joanna Muir, from Haugh of Urr, has urged Scots to set themselves a physical challenge to undetake in the 17 days of the international sporting competition as part of the British Red Cross’ ‘Game On’ initiative.
To get involved, participants could do anything from sprinting lengths of their local park to completing a one-minute plank for every medal won by Team GB athletes.
Joanna urged those taking part to get creative and said: “The Olympics is so inspiring, so just do whatever you can to join the challenge and raise money for the Red Cross. It will be so good to get out there and get active and just challenge yourself to whatever you fancy.
Reflecting on her own journey to the Olympics, Joanna added: “My parents and my friends have really helped me. Especially my parents and in particular my mum – she did so much for me when I was younger like driving me all over the country to different competitions and different training camps. Without the help and support from her and my dad I really wouldn’t be here today. It will be really special to know that they’re watching.”
Mike Adamson, British Red Cross chief executive added: “With family and friends unable to travel with them to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the restriction on spectators, it’s more important than ever that we as a nation get behind Team GB athletes from home soil.”