During the summer of 2012, Robbie Young from Dalziel High School was chosen to represent Lanarkshire in the 46th International Children’s’ Games which was hosted in South Korea.
The team consisted of 8 boys who live in Lanarkshire and play for three different teams within Scotland - Motherwell, Hamilton and Hibs. The Lanarkshire squad consisted of boys and girls representing 4 sports, namely; Football, Swimming, Athletics and Tae Kwan Doe. They were piped out before family and Council representatives’, departing from Strathclyde Park by coach to Glasgow Airport. The journey which lasted 23 hours involved a stopover in Dubai before reaching the final destination of Daegu. When they arrived in South Korea they had two days to settle in and adapt to the weather conditions before the opening ceremony.
On the opening day of the games they played the hosts South Korea whom they beat 17-1 and Pakistan who were also defeated 22-0. After winning their first game the team gained confidence but they knew that the following games would be harder. The next day they played the final games of the group stage which was against Switzerland and Russia. The team beat Switzerland 9-1 and Russia 6-1 and with a 100% win record they advanced to the quarter finals against Greece who they played later on that day. The team went on to beat them 6-4 in a well contested match. The following day was the warmest of the competition at 55 degrees but the team kept their focus and stuck to the job in hand. They were 2-0 down to Ireland at half time but the team fought their way back to win 3-2. Robbie Young scored the winning goal in the last minute which got his confidence up for the final against Russia. The team went 1-0 down to Russia before Robbie Young equalised with 10 minutes to go and then the team went on to win 4-1 after extra time.
This enabled the team to achieve their objective which was to win the gold medal and was a result of all the hard work put in by the team and their coach before, during and throughout a fantastic event. Overall Robbie Young really enjoyed himself and found it was a great experience to have. He met some amazing people from all over the world and it’s something he will always remember.