Young Athlete of the Year - 2017 Finalists
The future looks bright for Scottish sport with our junior athletes stepping up to perform in style on the international stage. From a long list of nominations and public votes, our judges have narrowed it down to just three finalists - each worthy of taking the title of Young Athlete of the Year.
The winner will be crowned at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards on 21 September 2017.
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Awarded for the most meritorious international performance(s) by a young Scottish Athlete or Team under the age of 20 (as at 14 August 2017), at an international senior or age group event. The athlete must have been eligible to represent Scotland/GB over the performance period. Teams must comprise Scottish athletes and have competed in international competition for Scotland or GB.
Ieuan James - Canoe Sprint
Ieuan has had a rapid progression to the top of his sport in sprint canoeing after first competing internationally in 2016. In June he made a massive breakthrough, winning gold in the K1 200m event at the European Junior Championships in Belgrade.
He then then went on to claim Britain’s first World Junior canoe sprint title for 22 years with gold in the K1 200m event at the World Junior Championships in Pitesti, Bulgaria.
Maria Lyle - Para-Athletics
Winner of this award in 2016, at the age of just 17 Maria is already a multiple World, European and Paralympic medallist and has no intentions of slowing down.
Despite carrying an injury into the World Championships in London, she raced to bronze in both the 100m and 200m in a display of sheer determination. She now has her sights set on next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Scott McLay - Swimming
Scott returned from the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games as Scotland’s most successful Youth Games athlete in history, following an incredible few days in the pool. With three gold, one silver and one bronze he eclipsed the record set in 2011 by fellow swimmer Craig Benson.
Scott also won bronze at the 2017 European Junior Championships as part of the Mixed Medley Relay team.