An Aberdeen teacher has received an award from the Prime Minister for her volunteering efforts at the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and 2014.
Jenny Thomson is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, presented by David Cameron, which recognises outstanding volunteers, people who are making a difference in their community and other inspirational individuals.
The PE teacher, who lives in Kittybrewster, first volunteered for the Edinburgh Games in 1970, when she was 21. Back then she was a medal bearer in the swimming pool, and at Glasgow she is undertaking a similar role.
As a Clyde Sider she is helping with the medal ceremonies, making sure the winners are in the right place to celebrate victory.
Her efforts go beyond the event itself though, as she racked up 100 hours helping with Clyde Sider media interviews and covered 3,000 miles promoting the games.
The legacy of her father, a swimmer and diver who competed in the North East Scotland Championships in the 1940s and 50s, makes the experience of helping poolside even more special.
Mr Cameron said: “Jenny’s story is a special one. She showed fantastic commitment in volunteering in 1970 and 44 years later she has gone above and beyond with her volunteering efforts at Glasgow 2014.
“It’s people like Jenny that make these fantastic events what they are and I’m delighted to recognise her with a Points of Light award today.”
Ms Thomson said: “I feel terribly humbled to receive this award. I thought someone was pulling my leg at first, I couldn’t quite believe it.
“The volunteers I work with are an incredible group of people and I hope I can act as an inspiration for others to get out there and get involved in volunteering.
“I’m so happy to be back in the pool for these games. They are a magical moments for me, but most of all it’s a magical moment for Scotland.”