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Graeme English

Graeme English of East Kilbride was British 90kgs wrestling champion, competed in several Commonwealth Games, winning medals, and competed in the Seoul Olympic Games. Graeme was also Scottish heavyweight judo champion and competed for the British team.

The above extracted from a letter in the Herald written by William Baxter, ex-Olympic coach - view the letter here

Angela Kelly - lottery winnerAngela Kelly

Angela Kelly put East Kilbride on the map when she became a £35 million winner on the National Lottery.

While the media decended on East Kilbride looking for a mysterious, undeclared winner, Angela had enjoyed her weekend before casually checking her lottery ticket at work on the Monday. She could not believe the number she was reading. The rest is now history - or, certainly, the beginning of a new chapter in Angela's life.

Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine kelly

Lorraine Kelly was a pupil at Claremont High School in East Kilbride. On leaving school, she first worked for the East Kilbride News before joining BBC Scotland as a researcher. She moved to TV-am as an on-screen reporter covering Scottish news in 1984. Lorraine now hosts her own show on GMTV.




Ally McCoistAlly McCoist, MBE

Do we need to say anything about Ally - high profile Rangers and Scotland football star, television sports commentator and quiz team leader?




15:32, Oct 17 2007

Tennis king takes gold and bronze at Special Olympics in China

AN East Kilbride man has written himself into the town’s sporting history after picking up a gold and bronze medal at the 12th Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai.

Stephen McEwan, 23, won the bronze for the Great Britain tennis doubles team and then, later that same day, topped it by taking gold in the singles event.

The Gardenhall man said he was delighted with his medal success although he admitted to being a trifle peeved at not taking at least silver in the doubles event.

Stephen, who works at Sainsbury’s in the town centre, said: “Don’t get me wrong, me and my partner Kevin Hogan were delighted to win the bronze, but to be honest, we were a little disappointed not to get the silver as we thought we thought we could beat the pair we met.”

In a complete contrast, he admitted he was surprised to win the gold in the singles event.

Stephen continued: “In the singles, I would have been content with silver as the Australian guy I met in the final beat me in the prelim event at the start of the tournament.

“But, as it turned out, I got the better of him and I was ecstatic to win the gold.

Stephen beat Australia’s Peter Kerin 6-2 and said it was an amazing feeling to be standing on the podium with the gold round his neck.

“It was just such as brilliant feeling and I want to thank my coaches John Gilchrist and Pete Moore for helping me,” he continued.

“All my training in the Calderwood tennis courts has definitely been worth it.”

Stephen’s parents – dad Sandy and mum Anne-Marie – joined him in China, although by the time of the final his mum was so nervous that she simply could not bear to watch.

Sandy said: “She was just too nervous and was also worried that our presence there might have put extra pressure on him, but I wanted to see him play.

“He won it spectacularly, but my emotion at the time was one of relief as I was also worried my presence might have put him off, and I was just glad it didn’t.

“We’re both really proud he’s managed to achieve this and his medals have pride of place on the mantelpiece.”

For the moment it is back to work tomorrow for Stephen although he hopes to have further success.

He continued: “My next get-together is not until March, next year, but I’ll keep practising to improve my game.

“The medals are quite heavy, but I wouldn’t swap them for the world.”

Big Rab - Robert McNamara

Robert McNamara won the Cumberland-style all weights world championship 10 times. When in the army he was the forces shot put champion. A challenge match with a sumo wrestler, which Big Rab won, was shown on Japanese TV. English sports writer Roger Robson described Big Ran as, "the most dominant heavyweight wrestler in the past 150 years in the sport".

The above extracted from a letter in the Herald written by William Baxter, ex-Olympic coach - view the letter here

Kirsty YoungKirsty Young

1st October 2007
Kirsty Young
is to replace Fiona Bruce as presenter of the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

The East Kilbride-born broadcaster will host the show from January.

Kirsty also presents BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

She began her career as a newsreader for BBC Radio Scotland, going on to work for ITV and Channel Five.



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