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laura muir

laura muir: athletics

Laura Muir is a global superstar and one of the quickest women's middle distance runners of all time. Her achievements this year are event more staggering considering she has had a full year of academic veterinary studies combined with training. Her challenges have been well documented this year with placement hours of up to 80 hours per week. Unfortunately due to final placements she could not attend the Commonwealth Games but outwith that, she has delivered some wonderful performances this year. These include;

- British Indoor 800m Champion

- World Indoor Championships 1500m Silver

- World Indoor Championships 3000m Bronze (both medals in middle of exams)

- British Championships 800m - Gold

- European Championships 1500m - Gold

- Diamond League 1000m - 1st + Scottish record

She took gold over 800m at the British Championships, qualifying her for a place in both 800m and 1500m at the European Championships. Deciding to concentrate on the 1500m in Berlin she took gold, leaving the rest of the field training to take her first outdoor major championship title and becoming the first British woman to ever win this event.

Laura has also achieved the feat of an exclusive club (of 3 athletes in history) with a sub 2 min 800m, sub 4mins 1500m, sub 8 min 30 secs 3,000m and sub 15 mins 5000m - this is a phenomenal range of world class running.

Laura is also a regular supporter of Scottish events and she won the Scottish 4km cross country championships plus 1st in the relay at the Edinburgh International

caroline brown

caroline brown: lawn bowls

It’s been a terrific year for Caroline, who has claimed a plethora of titles and achievements indoor and outdoor. The highlight was a silver medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the women’s triples (with Kay Moran and Stacey McDougall) in April. It was Caroline's third Commonwealth Games, and having finished outside the medals at Glasgow 2014 and Delhi 2010, she was determined to return home with a medal. Caroline's other achievements over the year include the National Indoor Singles title (2017 and 2018), the National Indoor Triples title (2017) and the British Isles Singles title (2017 and 2018). Caroline has flourished in the past year, and as well as showing dedication and determination in her own game, she has been a much-valued part of the Team Scotland lawn bowls squad, bringing great team spirit and creating a great bond with her triples team-mates Kay and Stacey that took them to the silver medal.

grace reid

grace reid: diving

Grace had a superb year, winning gold at both the Commonwealth games and European Championships as well as five World Series medals and World Cup bronze.

In Gold Coast she took Scotland’s first diving gold medal for 60 years, and the first ever in the women’s events, when she took victory in the 1m Springboard.

She took bronze at the Wuhan World Cup in 3m Mixed Synchro and took silver at the Beijing, Fuji and Montreal World Series meetings, before a double medal haul at the Kazan World Series where she took silver in the Mixed Synchro and bronze in Women’s Synchro event.

She went on to snatch gold with her final dive in the 3m Springboard at the European Championships, also taking silver in the 3m Mixed Synchro event, to cap a remarkable year.

seonaid mcintosh

seonaid mcintosh: shooting

In the last 12 months Seonaid has achieved remarkable success:

Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, November 2017:

Gold (Three Positions Rifle) and Silver (Prone Rifle)

Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, April 2018:

Bronze medals in both Three Positions Rifle and Prone Rifle

World Championships in Changwon (Korea), September 2018:

World Champion in Women’s 50m Prone Rifle

Bronze Medallist in Women’s 50m Prone Rifle Team

Fourth, with Quota Place for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Women’s Three Positions Rifle

She has set multiple Scottish and British Records this year, and now holds all six across the three 10m and 50m Rifle events.

These are unprecedented results.  She is the first British Woman EVER to win an individual title in the 121 year history of the ISSF World Championships, across all four disciplines (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun and Running Target). The last British man to win an equivalent rifle title was Alister Allan in 1978. The team medal was the first for a GBR women’s team in 39 years, and the first ever in this event. This comes on the back of equally unprecedented results at the 2017 European Championships, where she won Individual and Team Gold in the Three Positions event. She was the only GB athlete to win an individual medal in Changwon, and the only one to secure a Quota Place for Tokyo at the first attempt. Until now, no British Woman has even come remotely close to 4th place in the final of a Three Positions World Championships, and the last British man to do so was Malcolm Cooper in 1986.

Seonaid has achieved this whilst also juggling sport with the third year of an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree at Heriot Watt University, and dealing with her arthritis. She lost her training facility with the closure of Meadowbank, and preparations for the World Championships were conducted on a third-rate facility.

She is only 22, this is her second season as a senior athlete.  She has only been shooting since 2012, and only took up the Three Positions event following on from her Commonwealth Games debut in 2014.

hannah rankin

hannah rankin: boxing

Hannah is the first female boxer from Scotland to win a major governing body title when she won the WBC Silver Middleweight Title. She came very close to becoming the first British (and in doing so Scottish) woman to win a world title from one of the big 4 governing bodies (WBA, WBC,IBF, WBO) when she narrowly lost to reigning WBA Super-Middleweight world champion Alicia Napoleon. All this while fighting two weights above her natural weight! And it was all done without any of the big promoters backing her.

Outstanding athletic achievements in such a short period of time / WBC silver belt champ. Outstanding person outside her sport inspiration to women across the board not to mention impressive classical musician.

Hannah is the first female boxer from Scotland to win a major governing body title when she won the WBC Silver Middleweight Title. She came very close to becoming the first British (and in doing so Scottish) woman to win a world title from one of the big 4 governing bodies (WBA, WBC,IBF, WBO) when she narrowly lost to reigning WBA Super-Middleweight world champion Alicia Napoleon. All this while fighting two weights above her natural weight! And it was all done without any of the big promoters backing her.

Outstanding athletic achievements in such a short period of time / WBC silver belt champ. Outstanding person outside her sport inspiration to women across the board not to mention impressive classical musician.

Currently Hannah is -

WBC Silver Middleweight Champion

International Challenge Super-welter weight Champion

WBC World No. 4

WBA World No. 8

EBU No.1 contender for middleweight title.

First female Scottish pro boxer to hold a professional title.

First female Scottish pro boxer to fight for a world title. (WBA Super-middleweight world title) 

I was scheduled to fight for the Commonwealth Title but it fell through in the last week.

katie archibald

katie archibald: cycling

Katie had another magnificent year, building on past Olympic and World Championship success. She took World Championships gold in the Madison with Emily Nelson and silver as part of the Team Pursuit. In Gold Coast she also starred for Team Scotland, winning Commonwealth Games gold in the individual pursuit and silver in the Points race.

At the British Track Cycling Championships she took three gold medals in Individual Pursuit, Scratch race and Points Race, and in a rare outing in the Sprint took a bronze medal.

Despite breaking her collar bone in a fall in a road event in May, Katie also took gold in the Team Pursuit at the European Championships in Glasgow, her eleventh European title, along with silver medals in both the Omnium and Individual Pursuit.

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