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Moray schoolboy to continue family legacy by representing Team GB at Youth Olympics

Jamie Rankin. Picture by Jason Hedges.
Jamie Rankin. Picture by Jason Hedges.

A teenage paperboy from Elgin has been chosen to represent his country at curling in the Youth Olympics Games.

Jamie Rankin, 16, has been selected to join the four-strong team for Great Britain and will be flying to Switzerland to compete in the games from Saturday.

The Elgin Academy pupil – who delivers the Press and Journal – said: “It’s an honour to represent my country in the Youth Olympic Games and to be able to wear the team GB kit is a really great achievement for me.”

Jamie first developed a passion for the sport when he joined his family of award-winning curlers at the local ice rink when he was eight.

By participating in the Youth Olympics, Jamie hopes to add another gold medal to the family’s trophy cabinet.

His mum Janice won gold for Great Britain at the 2002 Olympics and has also won top prizes at the European, Scottish and World Championships.

His father succeeded at the Scottish Championships and his grandmother scored silver at the Senior Championships.

Mrs Rankin said: “We are super proud of him.”

Putting hours into his training, Jamie can often be found at Elgin’s ice rink and credits the coaches with helping to hone his natural talent to get to where he is today.

“They are over the moon for me, they know how much hard work I’ve been putting in.”

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