Thursday, 6 April 2017
Lauchlan Connelly (13) from Prestwick Academy was on the pitch at Hampden for Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia recently but he was not a mascot, or even a ballboy, Lauchlan was making history becoming the first ever person to sign the national anthem at a Scotland International football match.
It was a memorable night for Lauchlan (pictured above), who signed his way perfectly through “Flower of Scotland” despite being in front of thousands of fans and live on TV!
He said: “It was the best experience of my life so far. It was nerve-wracking but exciting too. I was scared and took a deep breath and when I looked down I saw the camera and felt like a superstar”
Lauchlan first learned sign language at primary school and although he has no problem speaking, he wanted to make sure he could communicate with other deaf people.
Douglas Hutchison, Director of Educational Services at South Ayrshire Council said: “Congratulations to Lauchlan, it was a great experience for him and he did very well despite the nerves. We are always keen to support our young people to realise their ambitions and there should be no barriers to this. I would like to thank our hearing impairment team for their support and the SFA for arranging this special moment.”
Lauchlan could well become Scotland’s lucky talisman! He has been asked to sign the national anthem at the next 3 home games against England, Malta and Slovakia in October.
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.