Dunbar Grammar School were crowned winners of the inaugural Willie Innes Youth Games held on Wednesday 1 June.
The event named in memory of Councillor Willie Innes was a real showcase, with competitors embracing the spirit of the games
The annual East Lothian Secondary Schools Sports Youth Games organised by the Council’s Sports Development and Active Schools teams has run for a number of years. It was renamed the Willie Innes Youth Games following support at the East Lothian Council meeting held on 29 March 2022, in recognition and memory of the former Council Leader who passed away in October 2021.
The event is held at Meadowmill Sports Centre each year with each of the six secondary schools competing against each other across a range of sports. This year, for the first time, S1 and S2 pupils competed for their school for the Willie Innes Trophy in sports including football, hockey, rugby, badminton, basketball and golf with the golf event taking place at Musselburgh Old Golf Club.
Dunbar Grammar lifted the trophy having won most of the individual categories following an action packed day of competition. The full list of winners is:
- Badminton – Dunbar Grammar School
- Golf – Musselburgh Grammar School
- Boys Basketball – Dunbar Grammar School
- Girls Basketball - Dunbar Grammar School
- Girls Football – Ross High School
- Boys Football – Dunbar Grammar School
- S1 Hockey – North Berwick High School
- S2 Hockey – North Berwick High School
- S1 Rugby – Knox Academy
- S2 Rugby – Knox Academy
Councillor Innes’ son Craig Innes and daughter Gillian McEwan attended and presented the trophies to the winners.
East Lothian Provost Councillor John McMillan was at the event. He said: “The event named in memory of Councillor Willie Innes was a real showcase, with competitors embracing the spirit of the games. Willie was a passionate supporter of the opportunities that sport offers for young people and it is therefore very fitting that the games now bear his name and continue his legacy. I was delighted to see so many young people enjoying themselves and representing their school in such a positive and respectful manner.
“We were honoured to be joined by members of Councillor Innes’s family for the trophy presentation and congratulations to all involved for a successful day that will stay in the memories of the young people for years to come.”