Published by Mr Macdonald
Tuesday 12 May 2015
Seventeen year old Castle Douglas High School student Lewis Young has recently returned from Ayr Rugby Club’s tour to South Africa. Lewis started playing as scrum half for the Under 18 team in 2014 and this has been a successful season for Lewis and the team. It has involved a major commitment on Lewis’s part as has travelled from Castle Douglas to Ayr three times a week for training and matches.
The tour to South Africa was long in the planning and Lewis helped the club to raise funds by back-packing in a supermarket, taking part in a sponsored cycle and organising some Race Nights. Lewis also worked hard on a personal level, working with his father who is a stone-mason to earn spending money. Previously he worked through the Summer as a dish-washer in a local café. He also applied to the Galloway Association of Glasgow who gave him a very generous grant to support his trip.
Depute Head Teacher Philip Oswald said, “Lewis has shown great commitment to his rugby while also working hard in school. The Galloway Association of Glasgow has been a tremendous support to our young people for many years and once again they have helped someone in our school community to fulfil an ambition. I know how grateful Lewis is to them and I would like to voice my appreciation for all that they do for us.”
The team flew from Glasgow Airport to Durban via Dubai and were based in the city for ten days. Matches were scheduled against local teams and Ayr won two out of their three matches; he scored a try in the second match against Clifton College which was the personal highlight of the visit for him.
There were many exciting organised activities as well; white water rafting, surfing and a safari were all included in the programme of events. “Seeing rhinoceros, giraffes and zebras in their natural habitat was awe-inspiring; handling snakes and getting close to cheetahs are experiences I will always remember,” said Lewis.
For Lewis, the highlight was still scoring his try, indicating the strength of his commitment to his sport. This attitude will stand him in good stead as he is taking a place in a Rugby Performance course organised by Edinburgh College. Places on this course were limited but Lewis’s dedication and commitment, added to his sporting prowess, have seen him secure a place.
Lewis said, “The trip to South Africa was incredible. I found the people to be very friendly and the scenery was stunning. The quality of rugby played was outstanding as well and I really had to raise my game to compete effectively. I have really enjoyed the experience. I would like to thank my parents for investing their time in helping me to achieve my goals; Ayr Rugby Club for their belief in me and all those who have supported me over the years.”