At 1850 tonight 62 year old Sandra Ross, Convenor of Nairn Highland Games was the last of 15 runners with the Olympic Torch in Inverness. She had the honour of taking the last stage into the arena at The Northern Meeting Park , mounting the stage to a wildly cheering crowd of an estimated 17 -19,000 and lighting the travelling Olympic Cauldron. Sandra’s nomination letter which got her the place in this National event reads:-
"For over 20 years Sandra has been the driving force behind Nairn Amateur Athletics Club, firstly as a coach and latterly as Chair-person of the club. She has always had a particular interest in youngsters and the development of their individual talents. For the last 10 years she has been Convenor of The Nairn Highland Games and she was instrumental in introducing the Junior Highland Games on the morning of the Games. Without Sandra's drive and enthusiasm neither the N.A.A.C. nor the Nairn Highland Games would have the effect on the local community that it undoubtedly has today. For 12 years Sandra was Chair-person of the Nairn Sports CounciI. I cannot think of anyone who has done more for athletics/sports in Nairn, who is more deserving of such an honour than Sandra Ross, to carry the 'Olympic Flame' in the North of Scotland."
The pictures show Sandra on the big screen as she entered The Northern Meeting Park, at the point of ignition of the cauldron and her triumphant stance before the cheering crowds. Well done Sandra. You did yourself and Nairn proud today.
Dave also told the Gurn: " If she is allowed, how many people would like to see her carrying the torch at the head of this year’s Highland Games."