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Abertay's Commonwealth Games batonbearers!

21 July 2014

We have 10 extraordinary individuals here at Abertay who have been taking part in the Queen’s Baton Relay as it has been making its way around Scotland ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Those who have carried the baton have all been nominated for remarkable reasons, and our next batonbearer story is about student Robyn Horsburgh who ran in Dunoon on Sunday, July 13.

Robyn is studying for her BSc in Sport and Exercise Science here at Abertay, and will be going into her Honours year in September.

Due to her interest in sports injuries, she is hoping to do a postgrad in physiotherapy when she graduates, and her dream job would be working within a sports team as a sports physio.

However, she was selected as a batonbearer for her amazing work as a highland dancing and swimming teacher, as well as for her achievements as a competitive highland dancer.

Dancing is something Robyn got involved in at the age of just three, in an attempt by her mum and grandparents to increase her self confidence.

It certainly seems to have done the trick, as she has danced ever since, gone on to gain her teacher qualification, and danced in both national and international competitions.

Although she is also a swimming teacher - taking a wide range of classes at the Institute of Sport and Exercise at Dundee University - her biggest passion is dance:

"I would have to say dance in my favourite sport. It often gets overlooked because it’s not a mainstream sport, but the amount of practice and training involved - and the performance level - is the same if not more than for other sports.

"Getting involved in dance was life-changing. It gave me confidence and it gave me the ability to meet new people, which has been amazing, as it has allowed great friendships to grow and has opened up some fantastic opportunities."

Despite not teaching at present - because she is focusing on her competitive dancing - Robyn has maintained her qualification and does taster sessions for Active Schools Dundee, which she says are great fun, and allow children - who may not otherwise be given the opportunity - to try a traditional support like highland dancing.

With all these extracurricular activities, it is easy to see why Robyn was selected to take part in the relay.

Speaking about her nomination as a batonbearer, Robyn said:

"I don't know who nominated me, but it was definitely an honour, especially since Rothesay, the town on the Isle of Bute where I come from, has Prince Charles as its Duke!"

As well as running in the relay, Robyn was lucky enough to get tickets to see the athletics at Hampden Park.

All is not lost for those of us not going to the Games though, as there will be a giant screen in City Square, broadcasting daily coverage from Glasgow!

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