When Strathallan School’s George Evans won the Eric Liddell Trophy for the best male performance at the Scottish Schools’ Championships at Grangemouth earlier this month, he was still striving to make the 58-metre mark and qualify for this year’s World Junior Championships in Poland.
But his goal has been achieved with a discus throw of 58.43m at a meet in Bedford, and he is one of three Scots to make it onto the first wave of Team GB selections.
European Junior champion Josh Kerr, a former George Watson’s College pupil now based in America, and Berwickshire High School’s Cameron Tindle are also among the 16 athletes announced in the team for the IAAF World Junior Championships taking place from 19-24 July in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Josh showed his exceptional form when he ran a personal best of 3:41.08 in the 1,500m at the NCAA DI Championships in Eugene this month.
Evans, who is coached by Colin McCulloch and won World Youths bronze in Cali in Colombia last year, had a successful weekend in Bedford by winning both the shot and discus. The Inverness Harriers athlete is thrilled by the prospect of making his first World Juniors appearance in Poland next month.
“I had thrown over 58m several times in training but there was pressure to do it in competition,” he said. “I have just finished school and am hoping to go to Aberdeen University to study chemistry.
“There is a new world class programme in Aberdeen and it would be great to be part of it. I moved to Strathallan from Culloden Academy two years ago and it was a great move. I had access to terrific training facilities and was given tremendous support.”
Cameron, who medalled alongside George at the Commonwealth Youth Games, is a former New Year Sprint Champion and one of Scotland’s most talented teenagers.
Jo Summers, team leader for the British team, said: “We had two exciting days in Bedford with some impressive performances. The team is looking good for Poland and there is still time for a few more athletes to secure selection.
“Mannheim will be perfect preparation for the championships, giving athletes valuable experience in an overseas competitive environment.’
The next wave of selections will be made on 5 July and Ben Greenwood, Perth Academy’s 800m runner, is another Scot hoping to make it onto the plane for Poland.