Five months on from their phenomenal success at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, four of Youth Team Scotland’s athletics medallists hit the podium once again at the England Athletics Age Group Championships in Sheffield.
Sprinter Cameron Tindle led the way for the Scottish contingent as he stormed to a new Scottish Junior Record over 200m, improving in each and every round.
With his 21.51 just one hundredth of a second outside the old mark in the semis, Cameron saved his best for the final with a magnificent 21.46 run in a tight battle to the line with England’s Toby Harries and Oliver Bromby. While Cameron had to settle for bronze on this occasion, behind athletes he last faced at September’s Youth Games, he had the significant consolation of erasing Ian Horsburgh’s long standing national record set in 1997 – before Cameron was born.
There were also strong performances from his fellow Youth Games medallists. Ben Greenwood, last year’s U17 800m champion, impressed in his first year in the older age group, leading the field by almost a full second as he took gold comfortably in 1.53.63. In the women’s 800m Carys McAulay took almost two full seconds off her previous indoor best with 2.07.43 for silver and to go 2nd on the Scottish all-time list and there was also silver for George Evans in the shot put with 15.82m.
Elsewhere there was a fine win for Jemma Reekie in the U20 1500m and impressive performances from Scotland’s younger athletes, some of whom may be looking towards a place at the next Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in 2017. Top performance in the younger age groups came from Glasgow’s Alessandro Schenini with gold in the U17 boys’ long jump. The title caps an outstanding indoor season for Alessandro who has three times broken the Scottish U17 record, with his best of 7.09m just three centimetres from the British all-time best.