LANGHOLM Academy were crowned West of Scotland
regional champions at the Scottish Athletics giant heptathlon at Ravenscraig Regional Sports
Facility last Friday.
But, yesterday, they went one better when they were declared Scottish champions after they topped the scoreboard out of the four regional contests.
At the regional final one secondary school team from each local authority in the west of Scotland and Glasgow attended the event, in which all children in the team did all activities.
Run in a heptathlon-style format, the seven boys and seven girls from S1 and S2 scored more points the further they jumped or threw and the quicker they ran as individuals.
At the presentations the scores were read out in reverse order.
Moffat Academy finished in third place with 14,756pts, Clydeview Academy, Inverclyde were second on 14,798pts and Langholm Academy won with 15,164pts.
As Scottish champions the team will be presented with their award by an international Scottish athlete who will also run a training session with them at the school.
Calum Graham, who worked with the team, said: “The team and all 14, as individuals, were exceptional on the day.
“It’s nice to win when the young people are so competitive but their attitude to practice, effort and
determination on the day was second to none.
“Their encouragement for each other and unity was great to see and they thoroughly deserved to win.”
Back row, left to right, are Alice Roberts, Cole Hamilton, Greg
Cartner, Ellis Dirom, Danny
Hotson, Andrew Whittall and Lucy Bell.
Front row: Ashton McKinnel, Freya Blaikie, Matilda Brockley, Jessica Forster, Chloe Patterson, Chloe Duncan and Alejandro Atkin.