Our 3 sports scholars have been busy getting ready for the sporting year ahead.
Calum Johnson, triathlete, has been concentrating on cross-country over the winter. In his first ever senior national cross country event he came a creditable 12th beating many more experienced runners. Not bad for a triathlete! A bike crash in March set Calum back a little but he's now back in full training and looking forward to his first major triathlon of the year at the European Cup in Portugal.
Emily hasn't had much rest since Christmas. She trained intensively for the Pro Am Grand Prix series in Indianapolis in March where she managed to get into 2 'A' finals (the 400m individual medley and 200m butterfly) where she swam against several Olympians. In the junior finals Emily came 2nd in the 100m fly and won the 200m individual medley. Then it was off to Edinburgh for an international meet where she swam in the senior 'A' final of the 200m fly, coming 3rd and 4th in the 400m IM. The British Championships in Sheffield were next up. Emily won bronze in the Open final of the 200m fly, gained a p.b. in the 100m fly and came 4th in the Open final. Just for good measure Emily won the junior 50m fly and 400m IM and came 3rd (with a new p.b.) in the 200m IM junior final. Emily is now waiting to see if she is selected for the World Championships later this year.
Andrew is reaching a key period in the academic year as his masters dissertation has to be completed by May. However, he's still managing to find time to practice his golf. Andrew has been invited by the R. & A. to compete in an annual golf competition in Lima, Peru. This follows a good result at the same event last year. On his return he will be competing in the prestigious Lytham Trophy at the start of May.