24th February 2014
A spectacular closing ceremony, staged in Sochi last night, brought the 2014 Winter Olympics to an end, following a series of Olympic successes for the Great Britain team under their leader, Clan Hay Society member Mike Hay.
Great Britain is not among the leading winter sport nations and was targeted to achieve three medals during the two week event on the Russian Black Sea coast. In the event, they achieved four: two bronze, one silver and one gold, in the Curling, Snowboard and Skeleton events. This impressive tally that would have been surpassed by at least a further two, but for the highly controversial disqualification of Scotland’s Elise Christie from three of her events.
The Earl of Erroll, Chief of Clan Hay, said, “We congratulate Mike Hay on his performance in leading Team GB to their greatest ever Winter Olympics success, surpassing their performance at the 1936 event.”
We look forward to hearing more from Mike about the experience of leading his country’s Olympic team and hope to be able to bring further details in the forthcoming Clan Hay Journal for 2014, due to be circulated to Clan Hay Society members in the spring.
14th February 2014
Clan Hay Pipe Band In Edinburgh's Royal Mile
It has been announced this week that Clan Hay is among the clan societies to have been awarded funding by Event Scotland for its ambitious programme of events this summer.
Event Scotland, the national events agency operated by the Scottish Government, has awarded £2500 to the Clan Hay Society from its Scottish Clan Event Fund. This follows an application made by Treasurer Pam Rotheroe-Hay towards the cost of Clan Hay’s events in Stirling this June.
Pam initially made the application several months ago on learning of the launch of the Scottish Clan Event Fund. She says: “It was most refreshing to hear that Event Scotland were offering support to the much needed development of clan events. We always enjoy welcoming clan members to our events and appreciate the effort they make to join us. Having gone to such trouble and expense, it goes without saying that we should be able to offer them a package of events to participate in.”
The funding from Event Scotland is for Tartan Ties, a ceilidh and supper event which the Clan Hay Society will launch in Stirling this summer. Tartan Ties will take place at Blair Drummond Hall on Saturday 28th June. It’s purpose is to bring together local communities and Clan Hay members and it is anticipated that Event Scotland’s funding will contribute to making Tartan Ties a sustainable, annual event.
“In recent years, I have worked with other clans to provide such opportunities whilst keeping costs to a minimum,” says Pam. ”Our success in securing funding from Event Scotland will mean that we can develop our programmes and involve the local community in our events.”
The Earl of Erroll, Chief of Clan Hay, said: “A huge thank you goes from the whole clan to Pam for spotting and securing support from Event Scotland for our events this year.”
The Clan Hay Society’s events programme for 2014 is now finalised and full details can be found by accessing the “2014 Programme” tab at the top of this page.
7th February 2014
Mike Hay pictured at a Clan Hay Society event in London's Caledonian Club
Although the opening ceremony doesn’t take place until later this afternoon, the Winter Olympics in Sochi are now well underway and Great Britain’s team, led by Chef de Mission Mike Hay, has already seen some initial success.
Mike, a member of the Clan Hay Society who is originally from Perthshire and is now resident in London, said, “needless to say I was honoured and delighted to be asked by Lord Coe, the British Olympic Association Chairman, and his board to be the Chef de Mission for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.”
Mike believes that the squad of 56 athletes he has taken to Sochi is one of the strongest Great Britain has mustered in living memory. The team, which includes four reigning world champions, has been set a target of three medals, something Great Britain has not achieved since the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch.
Mike is himself a champion curler and coached the women’s curling team that won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2002. We wish him and his team in Sochi every success in the coming two weeks.