Convener hails Borders athletes

Published: Friday, 25th August 2017

Convenor David Parker has heralded the performance of Borders athletes on the world stage.

During Convener’s remarks at the start of the Council meeting on 24 August, Councillor Parker said: “On behalf of Scottish Borders Council, I would like to recognise the athletes from our area that competed with distinction at the recent World Para Athletics Championships and World Athletics Championships in London.

“Twenty one year old Sammi Kinghorn from Gordon shocked the world by winning T53 100m gold, T53 200m gold and T53 400m bronze.

“Sammi also broke the world record during her 200m victory. With these performances, Sammi was recognised as the female athlete of the championships. A true inspiration for up and coming Borders athletes.

“At the World Athletics Championships, Borders athlete Guy Learmonth, who trains at Tweedbank and is coached by Live Borders employee Henry Gray, finished fifth in his 800m semi-final. The 800m was one of the most competitive events at the championships.

“Chris O'Hare of West Linton had a tremendous championship, making his way to the final of the 1500m, which is historically the blue riband event of track and field.

“He finished 12th overall but was the only British athlete to make the final and had enjoyed some prestigious wins throughout the season previous to these championships.

“I am sure my fellow Councillors will agree that these athletes have been great ambassadors for the Scottish Borders on the world stage and we wish them all the very best going forward.”

Recognising achievements in disabled sport

Councillor Parker also confirmed that in association with Live Borders, a civic reception will take place later this year to recognise disabled sport in the Scottish Borders and the achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers in the disability sport arena.