On the final day of Bahamas 2017 competition, Hamish Stewart secured a first ever Youth Games Tennis gold medal for Team Scotland with a thrilling victory in the final of the Boys’ Singles event.
After a fantastic run through the competition, Hamish faced James Story of Wales in the gold medal match, in front of a full house at the Bahamas National Tennis Centre. Showing no signs of fatigue from his tough semi-final match the day before, it was Hamish who took the first set 6-4, displaying determination and grit when it proved crucial.
With the first set in the bag, Hamish got off to a fantastic start in the second, instantly breaking his opponent’s serve in the opening game. The Scot showed incredible character to hold serve for the remainder of the second set. As temperatures soared on Centre Court, Hamish remained focused and ensured there was no mental lapse on his way to securing the game, set, match and gold medal with a 6-4 second set.
Speaking after his match, he said: “That was the greatest way to end such a good week. It has been a long week and the body is sore, but to be travelling home tonight with the gold medal feels great. I would like to thank my family for their support all week and also say a massive thank you to everyone in Team Scotland for the support, this has been a brilliant experience.”
Gold for Hamish at Bahamas 2017 is a second successive medal for Scotland in the Boys’ Singles event, following silver for Ewen Lumsden at the 2015 Youth Games in Samoa.