Hoops prodigy Elgin helps Scots to medals

Elgin Govan in action for Scotland in Andorra.

Elgin Govan in action for Scotland in Andorra.

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Forfar youngster Elgin Govan had a starring role recently as he was a member of Scotland’s U12 national basketball team for the TIM Pireneus tournament in Andorra.

Elgin was part of the Scotland set-up that secured a gold and silver medal in the tournament at the beginning of May.

The 12-year-old was selected to be part of basketballscotland’s Future Starz programme after attending trials in September 2013.

This development programme aims to encourage and assist young basketball players in Scotland further their skills and knowledge of the game.

Elgin attended regional training sessions in Dundee before successfully attending a selection camp for the national team in March.

Intense training sessions ahead of the tournament followed, including a two-day training camp in Aberdeen.

Both Scotland teams gave great performances in the TIM Pireneus tournament, with blue team winning silver and Alba team collecting gold as squads from all over Spain and France travelled to take part.

Scotland U12 Boys’ head coach Miquel Vinyals said: “The boys played very well and we are all very proud of the effort that each and every one of them made.

“I am especially pleased with how the boys represented Scotland on and off the court, they supported each other in every way and used what they have been working on in training to great effect. The result is a great one for U12s basketball in Scotland.”

The team had to raise £2,500 and players sought to seek individual sponsorships to assist with their trip.

Elgin could not have done this without the support of local businesses, in particular HBB GeoSales Ltd. who were his main sponsors for the tournament.