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Brian Whittle MSP, who is a former Olympic athlete, launched ‘Brodie's Bikes’ project at University of the West of Scotland’s Ayr Campus on Monday 25 September 2017.

Brodie’s Bikes was established in the memory of Brodie Eaton who was a UWS student, based at Ayr Campus, who sadly passed away in 2016.

The initiative was set-up thanks to Brodie’s family and friends. Brodie loved to cycle and his family and friends have donated the bikes and equipment to enable UWS students staying in the student residences, access to a bike on a short loan basis for use in and around the Campus and Ayr.

The launch event saw Brian Whittle, Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS and Brodie’s family being joined by classmates and friends.

This is a truly excellent initiative and we are very grateful to Brodie’s family and friends for funding this project.

Professor Mahoney said: "This is a truly excellent initiative and we are very grateful to Brodie’s family and friends for funding this project. Brodie’s Bikes will not only be a way of remembering Brodie and his love of cycling but also to give students at our Ayr residences the opportunity to take advantage of the cycle track along the River Ayr to explore the beauty of Ayrshire."

The launch event saw a cycling challenge, a mobile skate park, as well as promotion of student-led sporting activities on Ayr Campus and stalls highlighting health and wellbeing to students.

Bicycles can be an expensive purchase for students staying on campus and this new initiative will mean students will get access to a bike when they need it and be able get around town, or see the sights, using pedal power.

I’m really impressed by the effort Brodie’s family and friends and UWS have put into setting up this project and they should be incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved.

Brian Whittle MSP said: "I’m thrilled to launch the Brodie’s Bikes project. Riding a bike is such a simple thing, but the benefits of getting outside and being a little more active can have a big impact on your physical and mental health and even your academic performance. I’m really impressed by the effort Brodie’s family and friends and UWS have put into setting up this project and they should be incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved."

Prior to the launch event Brodie’s academic achievements were recognised, with Brodie’s parents, Roxzanna and Paul Eaton being presented with Brodie’s posthumous award of DipHE Computer Games.

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