Child beats Sharp to be Scottish Athlete of Year

Eilidh Child has been crowned KUKRI Scottish Athlete of the Year

Eilidh Child has been crowned KUKRI Scottish Athlete of the Year

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Eilidh Child, the European 400 metres hurdles champion and Commonwealth Games silver medallist, deservedly took the top award at the Scottish Athletics annual ceremony in Glasgow, becoming the Kukri Scottish Athlete of the Year for the fourth time in six years.

Considering the quality of opposition she had from her fellow Scots in this glorious season it was by no means a foregone conclusion, with Lynsey Sharp (Edinburgh AC) pushing her close and also picking up a special award for the best Commonwealth Games performance for her brave silver medal in the 800 metres at Hampden.

Another year and Chris O’Hare (EAC) might well have gone close for his 1500m bronze in the European Championships in Zurich, not to mention Libby Clegg (EAC), who was named Haven Para Athlete of the Year, and Commonwealth hammer bronze medallist Mary Dry who were also shortlisted.

Edinburgh AC not only picked up the Scottish Track and Field Club of the Year award, but also supplied the women’s under-20 Athlete of the Year, World Junior hammer finalist Kimberley Reed, and under-17 men’s winner Josh Kerr.

Asked for her highlight in such a successful season, Child said it was “a photo-finish between my lap of honour at Hampden Park (after winning Commonwealth silver) and topping the podium for the first time” (winning in Zurich).