Bronze for Scottish schoolboy star athlete

Scott Connal
Scott Connal

A schoolboy has hurdled, run, thrown and jumped his way to sporting success after being chosen to represent Scotland in the Pentathalon.

Scott Connal, of Lenzie Academy, was delighted to be selected for his country at the Scottish Schools Athletics Association International Pentathalon, held at the Emirates Arena, in Glasgow, on Saturday, December 13.

Selection came on the strength of his silver medal at SSAA Combined Events championships in June and on his 1st place in the Scottish rankings tables for Pentathalon.

Selection itself was an achievement for the u16 athlete but on the day Scott surpassed all expectations by over performing in all five events and setting six new personal best performances.

Scott bettered his lifetime best performances in long jump with a distance of 6m11cm, completed the 60m hurdles in 8.95 seconds, the 200m in 24.86 seconds, threw a shot put 10m63cm and took a full six seconds off his 800m personal best with a time of 2:10:68. His overall score of 3099 was also also a personal best.

Taking 5th place overall in the individual competition, he also secured team bronze alongside the other four Scottish u16 athletes; Joel McFarlane, Andrew McFarlane and Alessandro Schenini.

Competition was fierce throughout the day with but years of hard training with coach Iain McEwan, of Whitemoss AAC, and the EDC Athletes Performance programme meant Scott went into the biggest competition of his life very well prepared and got the results to show for it.