Bahamas bound … Erin, Adam and Alessandro training together at Williamwood Track.

Adding to the Roll Call of Giffnock Athletes who have represented Scotland at the Youth Commonwealth Games previously we  are very proud to announce that  of this years  11 strong Athletics 2017 team , 3 are  athletes  from Giffnock North.

Erin Wallace Adam Clayton and Alessandro Schenini  get the call up and and have earned well deserved selection to the Scottish Team . Well done to all three athletes and to the Coaches who have been involved in their Development and assisted in their progress . We also recognise their support teams of family , friends and training groups . Although these selections were hoped for and anticipated , its fantastic to have the confirmations in place and the detailed preparations for the Bahamas can commence.

 

Erin Wallace

Coach Dudley Walker delighted  to  report:

With qualifying times achieved in the 800m,1500m and 3000m Erin was hopeful of selection for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau in The Bahamas.

However, selection was never taken for granted by Erin and the recent announcement that she was included in the team to travel to the Caribbean was warmly welcomed by the Eastwood High pupil.

The talented young athlete  has opted to compete in the 800 m and the 1500m.The latter event is a straight final on the 21st July with the heat and final of the shorter event on the 22nd and 23rd.

Erin has been with the club since the age of 9 and has won numerous Scottish and UK titles on track ,road and cross country….additionally the club and Scottish record book features her name in a few places.

Not content with selection for Scotland and G.B as an athlete Erin has also represented Scotland and G.B in triathlon.In June 2017 she’ll be earning her spurs again in triathlon for G.B in Austria.

So it’ll be a very busy summer for Erin as she flies the flag for Scotland and G.B around the world and her training squad will be with her every step of the way.”

Adam Clayton

Coaches Garry Paterson and Gerry Duggan  commented:

“Adam joined our training group just over a year ago. It was one of our other athletes who attends the same school as Adam who advised him to give athletics a go after seeing him run at the School sports day. Adam turned up at training not really knowing much about athletics as he was a keen footballer. Clearly, football’s  loss is athletic’s gain – a view with which his Dad Rob now agrees.  Straight away we noticed that Adam had natural talent, all he needed was the right support , guidance and opportunity to develop and grow as an athlete . Right from his first race he gave the best Under 17 athletes in Scotland a fright. Within a couple of races he was leading the Scottish rankings, and now he is UK leading. WOW

His appetite, as well as that of both his parents, Rob and Alison, for this sport grew as he became very comfortable in  his new surroundings and with his new training group. His parents supported him throughout all competitions, standing at the side of the track clearly excited about  Adam’s  achievements. After each event, we were never sure who seemed the most excited – Adam or his parents. For me , this award has to go to Alison, his mother. His appetite to improve was infectious , he quickly became a key member of the U17 boys sprints group. His willingness to listen , work hard, compete and push himself in every training session is a testament to the athlete he has become. You could tell when Adam was taking any advice. He computed this in his own mind, put the advice into practice and came back for more.  His meteoric rise in such a short time started by setting him a target. The target being the CYG standard. Adam, throughout the year, consistently measured himself against where he was and where he needed to be. As we all now know, that target was very much achieved.

We wish Adam every success in his future development and as an athlete. All coaches at Giffnock North offer their continued support and are thrilled he achieved his target. Well done Adam, Rob and Alison and all the Sprints coaches who have consistently offered the advice and support”

Alessandro Schenini

Ryan McAllister who coaches Alessandro along with Long Jump Coach David Watson adds:

“Alessandro has continued to excel in the sport this season, focusing his efforts on improving his speed to assist with his main event; long jump. Balancing training twice a week for sprints and twice a week for long jump, Alessandro has proven himself mature beyond his years.
In 2016, Alessandro secured selection for Scotland in the international schools match and the Celtic Games. In addition, he won both the indoor and outdoor Scottish and British Long Jump title and mixed it with the top sprinters in the country; demonstrating that he is a force to be reckoned with both on the track and field.
This season, in his first year as under 20, Alessandro and his coaches set the target of qualifying for the Youth Commonwealth Games. Alessandro secured the qualifying distance in the indoor season to consolidate his performances and qualifying distances in 2016. Following this, Alessandro shifted his focus to his studies in the early part of the outdoor season. Following support from family and coaches in this decision, Alessandro successfully completed his 5 Highers and is fully focussed on the upcoming season and the challenges he will face.
We are all excited to see Alessandro’s progress this year and as long as he follows his Mum’s advice to ‘hit the board’, he will keep her nerves calm and inevitably continue to soar to new distances this season!!

Incidentally , the previous incumbents were Daniel Carlin, who travelled to Pune India to compete in Shot putt and Discus, Emma Brown, who travelled to Douglas IOM  to compete in the U18 100MH and Rachel Alexander  who medalled with a Bronze when the Games were in Samoa , In Long Jump.

 

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