Where are the local internationalists?

Walter Kinnear, from Laurencekirk won Gold for rowing at the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912
Walter Kinnear, from Laurencekirk won Gold for rowing at the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912
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Laurencekirk Rotary Club are putting out a call for all former Howe of the Mearns internationals to join them next month.

The Mearns club are on the lookout for anyone who might have been chosen to represent Scotland on the world stage.

Laurencekirk Rotary Club are to once again celebrate the Laurencekirk Olympian, Walter Kinnear, who won a Gold medal for rowing at the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912 with a Dinner in the Dickson Hall on Monday, June 13.

Tim Koch, the secretary of Kinnear’s rowing club in London, Kensington and Auriol, and author of the definitive biography of Kinnear has agreed to come to the Mearns and propose a Toast to our sporting legend.

However the Club has decided to add another celebration to the Event .

They feel that many other local sporting heroes have not been properly celebrated and seek all the locals who have represented their country in a sport at school or later in their careers to come forward.

Jim Brown, President of Laurencekirk Rotary Club said: “At the moment the Club have found 18 Howe residents who have been chosen for Scotland in such diverse sports and pastimes as athletics, angling , basketball, boxing, clay shooting, football, ploughing, rowing, stockjudging, tug o war and volleyball .

“The Club hopes that these forgotten internationalists will be able to join the Kinnear Celebration at the Dickson Hall.”

If you think that you qualify please contact Jim Bown at james.brown200@btinternet.com or telephone 01561 340409.

Tickets for the event on June 13 at Dickson Hall can be bought from Laurencekirk Rotary members.