Olympics sprint hero Allan Wells says young Scots lack drive
By Neil Pooran
Jun 18 2012
OLYMPIC hero Allan Wells reckons Scotland’s couch potato kids need a “kick up the backside”.
Wells – who won 100m gold at the 1980 Moscow Games – hopes London 2012 will spur young people into action.
The Surrey-based Scot spoke out as he unveiled a plaque in Edinburgh to commemorate the coaching he got in the city.
Wells, 60, who carried the Olympic Torch last week, said: “They say that the British are the most obese in Europe. I think people live in the comfort zone too much in Scotland.
“Athletics might not be the coolest because it’s committed, physical and people don’t like sweating. But it’s for people who want to test themselves.
“It’s all about commitment, inspiration, stimulation. I look at kids nowadays and it just seems they don’t know where they are going.
“They seem empty inside and I am saying, ‘Where is the stimulation?’
“In some ways, these Olympics gives youngsters a chance – it can be a catalyst for them.
“It would be stupid to miss the opportunity.
“It’s about giving them assistance – you could call it a kick up the backside.
“Kids can sometimes be a bit naive and it’s a problem that sport is competing with so many social things.
“But when they see an Olympic gold medal in London, it might make them sit up and think it’s worth a go.”
A recent survey found Scotland and the US had child obesity levels at a 35 per cent.