Commonwealth Games honour for Eskvale president

Eleanor Dalgetty, Loanhead, who will be carrying the Commonwealth Games baton. She has been president of Eskvale Hockey Club for 40 years.
Eleanor Dalgetty, Loanhead, who will be carrying the Commonwealth Games baton. She has been president of Eskvale Hockey Club for 40 years.

The teams may have changed and the players grown up but one person has remained a constant at Eskvale Hockey Club – president Eleanor Dalgetty.

For almost 40 years Eleanor has been at the helm of Midlothian’s only hockey club.

And in recognition of four decades of service, Eleanor will be one of 100 people carrying the Queen’s Baton through the county on June 16.

Eleanor (71) said she was “surprised and excited” at the thought of carrying the baton as it wends its way through Scotland ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

“Being nominated as a baton carrier is a tribute to the club. I don’t see it as a personal honour,

“It is a thank you to the club for all the work over the years,” she added.

In nominating Eleanor, Eskvale Hockey Club wrote: “Eleanor is a fantastic role model to all the men, women, boys and girls who play – many of whom she pushed in their buggies whilst their parents played.

“They have gone from one ladies team to two ladies, a men’s team and a youth section. She’s one in a million!

“Despite never having played herself, she works tirelessly at the helm, fundraising and supporting the club. Eleanor is at games weekly no matter what the weather, 
and provides a welcome cup of tea for everyone afterwards.”

Eleanor, who lives in George Drive, Loanhead, recalled that she had initially planned to help the hockey club in its first few years.

“Everything was a battle as we didn’t have the facilities we do nowadays. We made the best of what we had but there was such an enthusiasm to get the club going.”