Above: scottishathletics President Leslie Roy collects her MBE at Holyrood Palace (story below)
HurriKane hits Hungary
Great news from Gyor, Hungary, where Kane Elliott has qualified for the finals of the 1500m at the European Youth Championships. Kane went through with a ‘fastest loser’ slot after running 3:56.57 in the faster of the two heats.
The Falkirk Vics athlete, nicknamed HurriKane, said: “It was different to anything I’ve experienced before in a race. I planned to sit and kick but it didn’t quite go to plan. I still qualified – but that last lap was very quick and wasn’t what I was expecting.”
He runs in the final on Saturday.
Keira throws another record
Keira Waddell has thrown an incredible 4.66m javelin PB to once again break the Scottish U17 record.
Her throw of 50.36 at the YDL in Carlisle on Sunday bests her own previous mark, set on 26 June at the Trafford Open Meeting, of 45.70. That’s the third time this season Keira has broken the record, beginning with a 44.84 throw at the YDL in April (the most recent throws still subject to ratification.)
Leslie tells us: “The day was fabulous with the ceremony held at Holyrood Palace. I was absolutely honoured and privileged to have received my MBE from the Queen.”
She was accompanied on the day by her mother, and Margaret Brown (Chair of the Officials Commission) and John Coyle (Field Official).
Leslie’s dedication to athletics extends far beyond her role as President, not only as a long-time official, but also taking roles with British Athletics and Team Scotland, including for the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast 2018.
All at scottishathletics would like to congratulate Leslie on her honour, and thank her for all she has contributed to the sport over many years.