Anderson High School pupils Rhys Tulloch and Zac Llewellyn were given a pleasant surprise when they attended a national event for young Scots near Glasgow last week.
As part of a group of 150 taking part in the “Be Your Personal Best” event organised by Winning Scotland Foundation, the boys found themselves face to face with Sir Chris Hoy and Katherine Grainger.
The Olympic legends were the surprise guests at the gathering taking place at St Peter the Apostle High School in Clydebank. The event featured around 30 high-profile Scottish-based athletes including Olympians, Commonwealth champions and Paralympians.
Rhys and Zac joined other young people from across Scotland in a series of inspirational sessions where the athletes worked with the pupils to talk about their own experiences and how they achieved personal success.
The event, sponsored by the Weir Group, was aimed at inspiring young people to be successful in life and show the youth of Scotland that everyone has it in them to succeed.
The key message that emerged from the gathering was that young people can be their personal best by gaining confidence through learning from failure, and that success comes from sustained effort.
The two Olympic gold medallists also launched a nationwide “Be Your Personal Best” challenge which every school pupil in Scotland can enter.
Entrants can win “experience days” with Olympic and Commonwealth athletes by making their own personal best videos. Full details can be found on the Winning Scotland Foundation website.