Glasgow hosts showcase for youth sport as triple Olympic medallist takes Torch north of the border.

Three-time silver medallist Katherine Grainger hosted over 750 pupils from 25 schools in and around Glasgow at an afternoon of Olympic and Paralympic sport, including football, rowing, athletics, basketball and a range of disability sport last week.

The rower will enter her fourth successive Olympics this summer looking to finally claim the top step said that while a gold medal would be her "crowning achievement", an even greater success would be inspiring children to become more active.

"Events like the Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week are absolutely essential for kids," she said.

"It's not all about finding future champions, though that would be nice, but what's really key is getting as many children involved in sports and taking part."

After hosting the afternoon of sport at the Toryglen Football Centre in Scotland's largest city, she was joined by a further 600 pupils, and dignataries including MSP Michael Matheson, to welcome the Flame.

"For people at such an impressionable age, having the chance to be so close to the Flame means a lot and will hopefully inspire them to achieve in whatever their chosen field is in the future," Grainger added.

Now in its third year, Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week runs from today [11 June] until Friday [15 June] and will see 1,950 schools from across Scotland get involved in helping to challenge the growing problem of childhood obesity.

Watch triple Olympic medallist Kath Grainger launch National School Sport Week:

Posted 11/06/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com (video courtesy of www.digitalnewsagency.com)