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Athletics | 24th April 2020

McArthur’s visit still on the cards



COMMONWEALTH Games athlete Holly McArthur will keep her date with Langholm Academy as soon as it is safe to do so.
Holly, a heptathlete, represented Scotland at the 2018 games in Australia and was a member of the team which came 10th.
As a result of Langholm Academy’s team winning the Giant Heptathlon, Holly planned to visit the school to present the team with their Scottish champions’ trophy.
This has now been postponed because of the current situation with COVID-19.
Holly, 20, is from Kilsyth. She was born in Glasgow and competes for Edinburgh Athletics Club, Stirling University and Whitemoss.
The 14 children from S1 and S2, who made up the team, competed in similar events at the final, with athletes earning points based on their performance in each event.
As well as presenting the trophy she will talk about her journey as a young athlete, competing for Scotland, training and nutrition tips and her plans.
She will also join the team for a training session which will be open to older and younger athletes from the academy and primary schools.
Calum Graham of Active Schools and Community Sport and the team’s coach, said: “Holly’s inspiration was always Jessica Ennis-Hill but she now looks to Katarina Johnson-Thompson after competing against her and picking up some useful tips at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“It’s good news that the children will still be rewarded for their hard work and performance in February and that Scottish Athletics is using role models to inspire the next generation.”

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