Back in the day . . . Chris O’Hare, Callum Hawkins and Sean Fontana in action as teenagers at a Scottish championship
British champion Chris O’Hare has urged Scottish club athletes to get their entries in for the Age Group Champs and U17 Champs in August.
The Edinburgh AC 1500m runner, preparing for the London 2017 World Champs, has fond memories of competition as a teenager in Scotland prior to a move to study in America.
Chris believes competition is vital for the development of young athletes and wants as many clubs, coaches and athletes to support the Age Group Champs event at Scotstoun on August 19/20 for U20/U15/U13 and the U17 Champs at Grangemouth the following weekend.
‘The National Champs are the pinnacle of the season when you are a teenager coming up through the ranks,’ said Chris, in a special video message for scottishathletics.
‘At that age, you have to learn to race. You have to learn to win. And you have to learn to lose.
‘I don’t think I won a National title for the first time until my last year at U17 – I was third, fourth, fifth and worse before that! So you have to learn from those upsets or find out how to stay motivated if you are winning.
‘The National Age Groups are a step-up from regional competition like the Districts in the East, West or North – and you should want to get out there and represent your club against new rivals.’
Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow is the venue for the Age Group Champs, the weekend prior to the Seniors and U17s in Grangemouth.
Enter the U20 Champs – programme split over two days – August 19/20
Enter the U13 Champs – on Saturday 19 August
Enter the U15 Champs – on Sunday 20 August
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS AUGUST 6
Enter the Senior and Parallel Success Champs on August 26/27
Enter the U17 Champs on August 26/27
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 13 AUGUST