From school to stadium for city teacher

Chris Hoy MBE and Jamie Quarry.
Chris Hoy MBE and Jamie Quarry.

Ripley St Thomas Academy’s head of physical education started his summer with a bang, as he became part of a group of ambassadors in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Jamie Quarry, who won decathlon bronze in the 2002 games, has followed the process for seven years from bid to the arrival earlier this year.

Jamie formed part of the Athlete’s Commission in 2006, working alongside Alex Salmond amongst others to gain votes and secure the hosting rights.

The city competed against other nominated cities and countries to host the games. Glasgow’s bid for hosting was spurred on by the success of Manchester in 2002, and came off the back of hosting alternative sporting events alongside Edinburgh’s hosting in 1970 and 1986.

Following Jamie’s experience as a competing athlete, he was invited to work as a group of ambassadors during the busy 11-day schedule.

This involved working alongside Olympic medallist Chris Hoy and David Murdoch, fresh from the Sochi 2014 games.

The team arrived 2 weeks before the opening ceremony to ensure the athletes’ expectations were met by using his knowledge and experience.

Jamie’s role also included mentoring and acting as a representative for Scotland whilst passing the Queen’s Baton during the relay to the Opening Ceremony.

Jamie aims to share his experiences with students when they return for the new academic year in September.