Scouting for Gold
The world is still in the grip of Olympic fever and Scouts have been there from the beginning to help make this the greatest sporting event ever.
Whether it’s been inspirational Scouts running in the Olympic Torch relay, volunteering at the games or even taking part as athletes, Scouting has definitely gone for gold.
Our athletes have provided the UK with an amazing show of sporting excellence with 52 medals so far (and counting). Two former Scouts made an important contribution to this impressive haul.
Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie took home gold in the men’s slalom canoeing. Stott, from Manchester, originally learned to paddle on the River Great Ouse as a member of the Scouts. This early introduction to adventure led to a successful career as a canoeist where eventually he was partnered with Tim Baillie.
Another former Scout is gold medallist Helen Glover, who won her medal in the women’s coxless pairs rowing. Along with her partner Heather Stanning, Helen rowed to victory at Eton Dorney and won Team GB’s first gold medal of London 2012. Helen was a Scout in her home town of Penzance, Cornwall.
Track cyclist Victoria Pendleton won a gold medal in the individual women's sprint event at Beijing 2008. She almost repeated the feat at London 2012, gaining silver, but added to her career haul with gold in the women's keirin. These achievements have made her one of Britain's most well-known Olympians. Not so many people are aware, however, that she is a former Sea Scout.
More Scouting athletes are waiting on the sidelines and keen to represent Team GB on the world stage. James Briscoe, a former Young Leader and soon to be Assistant Cub Scout Leader with 35th South West Cheshire, recently represented Great Britain at the European Championships in Israel in the triathlon.
James’ adventure began in 2009 after being selected to attend the 22nd World Jamboree in Sweden. To raise the £2,000 needed to cover the costs of his trip, James competed in a local sprint triathlon and came first in his age group. He raised £1,500.
After competing in several more events, James qualified to represent GB in the European Championships in which he went on to win gold and become the 2012 under-20 triathlon champion.
Since then James has gone on to win silver in his age group at the British Championships and will travel to New Zealand for the World Championships later this year.
Go for gold
Get inspired by Etienne, Helen, Victoria and James and take part in one of our challenge events. You can also support the Olympics in true Scout style with our Olympic badge and scarf, available now from Scout Shops.