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Champion rower hopes Aberdeen can become Scotland’s most active city

Champion rower Lewis McCue has found success with the help of the APP
Champion rower Lewis McCue has found success with the help of the APP

A champion rower has urged Aberdonians to take advantage of a generous £70,000 grant to make the city the most active in Scotland.

Lewis McCue, a former RGU student who has represented Great Britain at the World Rowing Championship, has joined members of the Active Aberdeen Partnership to highlight the importance of capitalising on the grant.

It is hoped the cash boost will support local community sport and propel Aberdeen to the title of most active city in Scotland by 2020.

Mr McCue, 22, said: “The Active Aberdeen Partnership grants have been vital in providing me with financial support to train and compete at the level I did.

“Coming from a working family in Aberdeen, rowing was an expensive sport, but through support from AAP, I was able to compete at five world [junior] championships and represent my country at these events.”

The partnership manages the Community Grants Scheme, which is open to talented athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and community sport within the city and has worked with the likes of Aberdeen Amateur Athletics Club and Denis Law Legacy Trust.

Its chairman, Tony Dawson, said: “The Active Aberdeen Partnership is committed to making Aberdeen the most active city in Scotland by 2020.

“We recognise that participation in sport and physical activity is driven by a whole host of talented individuals and groups, which is why I would urge everyone with an interest to take a look at the scheme and consider applying.”

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