Haris gives Games 2014 Legacy Project a lift

07 March 2014

Haris Ansari adds his weight to the campaign

Haris Ansari adds his weight to the campaign

Commonwealth Games hopeful Haris Ansari has taken time out from his packed training and study schedule to encourage staff and students to hand over their surplus bikes in support of the University’s Glasgow 2014 Legacy Project.

The 23-year-old, who is in the final year of his Biomedical Science Degree at GCU, is training for the Scotland team weightlifting qualifiers on April 19, while studying hard for his exams which start two days later.

This isn’t stopping him doing his bit to encourage fellow students, staff and the wider community to donate bikes to reCYCLE, the University’s 2014 Legacy Project, which will be launched during Monday’s Commonwealth Day event in the Saltire Centre.

“It’s a great initiative which will will benefit young people and encourage a more active lifestyle,” said Haris, who discovered his talent for weightlifting as a teenager.

“I have gained a great deal out of taking part in sport. Luckily, GCU has been very supportive and I am able to juggle my studies and training. I am hopeful that I will make it through the qualifiers to represent Scotland in front of a home crowd at the Commonwealth Games in the summer.”

Glasgow City Council has endorsed the reCYCLE project in recognition of its contribution to the principles which underpin the Glasgow 2014 Legacy Framework, which include sustainability, health and inclusion.

The project has been established with SiMY Community Development organisation, which is based in the Townhead area of Glasgow. SiMY works alongside young people and families to help them achieve their hopes and ambitions for themselves and their community. One of its aims is to support learning and experience through outdoor activity, for example thorough its Saddle Soar mountain biking club which promotes an active lifestyle to its young members and encourages increased independence. SiMY also encourages cycling as an affordable way to travel outwith the local area for job or training opportunities.

GCU has pledged to equip 15 young people with bikes, helmets, cycling equipment and maintenance skills. The University will also help SiMY members achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Additional bikes, clothing, locks and helmets will be refurbished and supplied to a local primary school.

The launch of the joint project will mark the beginning of a GCU-wide campaign for donations of outdoor clothing, helmets, equipment and bikes for refurbishment and distribution.

The Commonwealth Day event, which is being held from 9.30am, will also showcase other examples of how students and staff are engaging with Glasgow 2014.