Maureen’s Matters - Delighted to see home grown successes

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With schools out for the holidays and the sun making an occasional appearance - it’s nice to have that summer feeling once again.

Hopefully by the time this is read, Andy will still be making his way through the rounds at Wimbledon to hopefully regain the crown he won two years ago, but until then we’ll be on the edges of our seats watching him sprint between the chalk lines.

Locally, I’ve been delighted to see our own home grown successes in the sporting world including Mearns archer Fiona Hirst who was selected to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games for Europe this month. As number one in the Scottish ladies rankings, congratulations to Fiona for all her hard work!

Also, youngsters were making the most of the summer when the Portlethen Community Basketball Club’s Panthers held their Annual Basketball Tournament at Portlethen Academy recently. It was fantastic that teams from Tayside, Inverness, Alford as well as the local Aberdeen teams joined in two days of basketball, winning accolades and improving their performances along the way.

This is the time of year when none of us have any excuse but to get out of the house and increase our physical exercise. Not only can it be fun and enjoyable, but we are giving our bodies a much needed physical and mental boost. Is there anything better than swimming or just floating in the heated salt water of the Stonehaven outdoor pool. With much health advice on the risks of obesity both in children and in adults, it’s important that we recognise the health benefits that are literally on our doorstep if we venture into the community to find out what’s on offer. 

I wish you all a very happy holiday time with family and friends, encourage you to get active and enjoy the great outdoors, and of course – come on Andy!