GB and Scotland international thrower Kirsty Law is our next guest in our superb Coaching Conversations video series.
In each instalment we publish an extended interview with a top Scottish athlete on our scottishathletics YouTube channel.
Over the past couple of episodes, we have turned the focus on double acts with first a chat with Para athlete Maria Lyle and her coach Jamie Bowie and then, last week, with training partners and lockdown flat-mates, Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie.
This time, Sue Gyford chats to British and Scottish women’s discus champion Kirsty about her career, her coaching support from Zane Duquemin and changing her mind on retirement three years ago.
It is another fascinating episode with Kirsty having started out in the throws some 20 years ago at a time when her sport also featured football, basketball, hockey and swimming.
And we are delighted that Kirsty is able to join us on Thursday at 4pm for a Twitter Q and A. Please send your questions for Kirsty via hashtag #askSAL.
Celebrations at the podium at Grangemouth after another Scottish title success last year (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Kirsty won the Scottish Senior Women’s discus gold for the 12th time last year at Grangemouth and only a week or so later added the British title at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
‘I won the British and Scottish champs last summer and those were great days – the ones you love and savour in the sport,’ she said.
Kirsty is also the Scottish athlete with the most representative appearances to her name at the Loughborough International having last year reached 12 outings at that particular event.
‘I love competing for Scotland. We don’t get many chances and, outside of a Commonwealths every four years, there’s the Loughborough International where I’ve been a regular.
‘Scottish Athletics made me captain last year and I won my comp so it was a good day – Loughborough is my home circle anyway so I always like throwing there in an event.
‘So the Loughborough International is a real favourite of mine. We compete as a team and, as it is early in the season (in usual circumstances), it can be a good marker for athletes and coaches for the season ahead. I do like pulling on that Scotland vest.’
British Champion – success in Birmingham in August 2019 (photo by Sue Gyford)