Published: 15/08/2014 09:34 - Updated: 15/08/2014 09:44

Oz-some for grandparents as medal winners visit

Written bySarah Rollo

IT WAS a golden moment for New Elgin couple Elizabeth and Hamish Ogilvie when their medal-winning grandchildren paid a visit.

New Elgin’s Elizabeth and Hamish Ogilvie with their Commonwealth Games medal-winning grandchildren, Nettie and Alex Edmondson. Picture by Eric Cormack, NS. Image No 026514.
New Elgin’s Elizabeth and Hamish Ogilvie with their Commonwealth Games medal-winning grandchildren, Nettie and Alex Edmondson. Picture by Eric Cormack, NS. Image No 026514.

Brother and sister Nettie and Alex Edmondson each bagged a Gold and a Silver in the velodrome at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Team Australia siblings, who were raised in Adelaide after their mum Catherine emigrated from Moray, spent time with their grandparents at the weekend, showing off their medals and even getting out on their bikes on the roads of Moray.

Mrs Ogilvie (82) said she and her husband (89) couldn’t have been happier to spend time with the two of them after the emotional rollercoaster of watching their performances at the Games.

“I was in hospital at the time when the cycling was on, which was unfortunate, but they took a television through to the ward I was in and the ladies and I were able to watch it.

“They both got a Gold and Silver and I’m just so proud.”

Nettie (22) won Gold in the Women’s 10k Scratch event and a silver in the 3000m Individual Pursuit, adding the medals to the Bronze she won at the London Olympics.

While Alex (20) took Gold in the Men’s 400m Team Pursuit and a silver in the Men’s 400m Individual Pursuit events.

Mrs Ogilvie said: “That sort of thing happens to other people, not to ordinary folk like Hamish and me.

“It is just awesome, to be quite honest, we can’t absorb the enormity of it. It really is a great achievement for them.”

Nettie is now competing in Norway, but managed to fit in a number of 90k training sessions in the local area during her stay.

“She did it faithfully, every morning before lunch,” Mrs Ogilvie said.

And despite the attention that comes with being world-class athletes, their proud Moray grandma said they haven’t changed a bit.

“It hasn’t made them any different, they are still just the same super kids,” she said.

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