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