Freddie leaps to gold

BHS pupil Freddie Rooke from Gavinton collected Gold in the long jump and silver in the 100m at the Scottish school championships
BHS pupil Freddie Rooke from Gavinton collected Gold in the long jump and silver in the 100m at the Scottish school championships

A young Duns athlete has struck gold at the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships.

After a hard day of competition at the Berwickshire High School Sports last Thursday when he broke two of the existing school records, Freddie Rooke from Gavinton won both a gold medal and a silver medal at the Scottish Schools Championships held at Grangemouth Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

After breaking both the school long jump and 100 metres records Freddie went on to clinch the gold medal in the under 16 age group long jump at Grangemouth with a leap of 5.61m which was 5cm further than the silver medallist.

He then went on to win silver in the under 16 100 metres, losing out on the gold medal by just .15 of a second.

Berwickshire High’s head of PE David Douglas said: “Freddie is regarded by other coaches as a great sprint talent and I think his future may lie in decathlon as he is a great all-rounder”.

Freddie was one of three Berwickshire High athletes who travelled to Grangemouth at the weekend.

Also competing in the under 16 age group was Katie Browne, from Coldstream, who had broken the school record for the 100 and 200m the previous day, was fifth in the 200 metres final and fourth in the 100 metres final, just missing out on the bronze medal by a mere tenth of a second.

In the over 17 category Cameron Burnett, from Chirnside, a recent winner at the Earlston games, ran well in the heats of the 800m to post a time of 2.09.80.