Team Scotland celebrated a brilliant final day with six medals in the velodrome and two on the athletics track, with Netball also in action in the bronze medal playoff against England.
There was just one final in the velodrome in the morning session but Calum Moir rode superbly in the Points Race for gold, gaining a lap on the field to finish on 29 points, well clear of Sam Fisher of Wales and Noah Blannin of Australia, with Scotland’s Elliot Rowe in 7th. Calum’s win followed on the back of a successful morning of qualifying putting Sarah Johnson into the gold medal final of the Women’s Keirin and Millie Thomson into the bronze medal race of the Individual Pursuit.
The evening was packed with action, the Scottish contingient winning an incredible five medals in under an hour and a half. Calum added two more medals to his tally, silver in the Kilo and bronze in Scratch Race and ends the Games on four medals: two gold, a silver and a bronze, the most successful cyclist at a Youth Games for Team Scotland. Following the same gruelling programme, Elliot Rowe finished 6th and 8th respectively.
Millie Thomson brought her Trinbago tally to three as she went over two and a half seconds clear of Lowri Richards of Wales in the Individual Pursuit to claim bronze. She ends the Games with a silver and two bronze.
It was a superb night for Sarah Johnson who broke the track record in the 500m Time Trial with 36.214, but had to settle for silver as Australian Liliya Tatarinoff shaved another 0.191 off the time for gold.
Sarah saved the best for last however, winning her second gold of the Games in the Keirin to end on two gold and silver.
This has has been cycling’s most successful Youth Games by far, also producing Team Scotland’s first ever medals on the track. Gold for Rhona Callander in the Road Race and silver for Dylan Hughes in the Road Time Time Trial, both at Bahamas 2017, were the only cycling medals ever won before these Games.
At the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the final night of track and field action was packed with Team Scotland athletes in finals, with plenty for the strong travelling support to cheer.
Caleb McLeod took the first athletics medal of the Games for Team Scotland with a well judged race to take bronze in the 800m in 1:52.83.
It wasn’t long before 200m Dean Patterson added a second, taking silver in the 200m behind Nigerian Samuel Ogazie. Dean had set a new personal best in his semi-final to lead the qualifying and showed that form again in tricky windy conditions.
Jenna Hilditch was the only athlete in action on the field as she took on a strong line-up in the high jump. She acquitted herself well, clearing 1.65m for 6th place.
The 3000m races, run in very hot, humid conditions, wrapped up the night for Team Scotland with Amy Teasdale taking 9th in the women’s and Reiss Marshall placing 8th in the men’s event.
Over on Tobago, we had one final FAST5 Netball match against England in the Bronze medal match of the competition. The girls fought extremely hard against a tough England side and in the second half brought the game to the very close margins, but unfortunately fell short and lost the game 34-29. On FAST5 Netball’s debut at the Youth Games, this team of girls have proved themselves on the world stage and we couldn’t be more proud.