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Scots go for Gold in new charity challenge

Scots go for Gold in new charity challenge

Gold Challenge – a new charity challenge – kicked off in Scotland on Friday at Glasgow’s Scotstoun Stadium, at an event supported by Stripe.

Commonwealth, European and World Championships medallist Lee McConnell joined a host of Olympic and Commonwealth hopefuls including Colin McMorrin (Scottish Canoeing / Kayaking), Rita Yuan Gao and Andrew Bowman (Badminton Scotland) to help Gold Challenge inspire Scots to challenge themselves and participate in a multitude of Olympic and Paralympic sports while raising significant funds for charity.

The ambition of Gold Challenge, a not for profit organisation, is to raise £20m for charity by the end of 2012 and such is the potential of the initiative to inspire the country, Gold Challenge has garnered support and partnership from over 100 leading charities – 40 of which have a presence in Scotland. Many of these charities attended the event at Scotstoun Stadium and were able to take part in some of the sports for themselves.

Working in partnership with the British Olympic Association and ParalympicsGB and Active Nation as part of the Games Legacy plan for Scotland, Gold Challenge will allow people throughout Scotland to test their skills and develop their competitive edge in 5, 10, 20 or 30 Olympic or Paralympic sports.

For more information or to sign up for Goldchallenge please visit http://www.goldchallenge.org.

Glenshee skiers sample new healthier haggis

Glenshee skiers sample new healthier haggis

A new chapter in the history of one of Scotland’s national treasures – the haggis – was written today with the launch of a healthier version of the famous dish.

Ahead of Burns Night hungry skiers at Glenshee were given the opportunity to sample the all-new haggis. The new version – 70% lower in salt and 35% lower in saturated fat than industry average – was developed by Quality Meat Scotland as part of a project to investigate the potential to lower the salt and saturated fat content of traditional Scots’ favourites.

Former Miss Scotland and Miss UK 2010, Katharine Brown, who is Healthy Eating Ambassador for QMS, served up the tasty haggis samples to skiers at Glenshee Ski Resort which is attracting daily crowds of around 500 skiers.