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9th May 2014, Edinburgh, UK. Head of PE at Newbattle High School Bob Foley with students Darren McCraw and Abby Mellon, who will be carrying the batton for the Commonwealth Games. Credit Steven Scott Taylor.

9th May 2014, Edinburgh, UK. Head of PE at Newbattle High School Bob Foley with students Darren McCraw and Abby Mellon, who will be carrying the batton for the Commonwealth Games. Credit Steven Scott Taylor.

Three Newbattle High School students and their teacher have been chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton during the Commonwealth Relay when it arrives in Midlothian on June 16.

Abby Mellon (S4), Darren Macraw ( S5), Sarah Findlay, (S6) and head of their PE department Bob Foley will all take part in the relay after achieving sporting success across the board.

Abby, a top county swimmer, was selected when her teachers unanimously voted her to become the school’s designated baton holder.

Footballer Darren has been selected for the Scottish Football Association’s school of football and runs leadership courses for other local youngsters with Glasgow 2014.

Sarah, captain of the school’s basketball team, was nominated by Midlothian Active Schools for her work with coaching basketball at Newbattle, all while using her life saving award working at Midlothian Council’s swimming pools.

And the man who inspires them all, Bob Foley, was recommended to carry the Baton by Hazel Williamson from the Youth Sports Trust and manager of the Lead 2014 programme for his incredible work at Newbattle High, after representing Scotland himself as a 16-year-old at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

He’s extremely proud of his students.

“I’m absolutely delighted for them,” he said. “I just feel so proud of what they have done. Abby is a top swimmer and a lovely girl. Young Darren is a great footballer who does so much coaching as well, and Sarah is always helping out in the PE department and working so hard. It’s just brilliant.”

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