Keira climbs UK rankings with new Scottish javelin record

Keira Waddell who set a new Scottish national age group record in the javelin.
Keira Waddell who set a new Scottish national age group record in the javelin.

Duns javelin thrower Keira Waddell is the new Scottish national under 15 age group record holder after throwing over 38 metres at Livingston on Saturday.

It has been a busy summer for Keira and the rest of the Chirnside Chasers throws squad. Keira has broken records in the Forth Valley League, East District, Border Schools and Scottish Schools and at the weekend her sights were set on the Scottish National record.

After throwing at an open graded event at Livingston on Wednesday night she improved her personal best to 35.16, creeping up towards to the national record of 37.13.

On Saturday she again travelled to Livingston for the Scottish Throws Grand Prix which was held in near perfect conditions for throwing.

In the third round of six Keira launched an incredible throw which was measured at 38.59m and nearly 1.5m further than the national record which has stood for five years.

In addition to taking Keira to the top of the Scottish rankings, that throw also rockets her up to third place in the current UK rankings.

The Chirnside Chasers coaching team of Alex McGregor, Stephen and Leeann Ross are obviously delighted for Keira as it is testament to the hard work she has put in over the winter, training at Duns right through to the outdoor training during the summer.

Also competing at these events for the Chirnside Chasers throws squad was Archie Fuller who managed a PB in the shot putt. Harry Fuller had a PB in the discus and Keira also managed a PB in the shot putt.

The depth and strength of the throwing squad at Chirnside was further illustrated when, as a result of recent excellent performances, Alexandra Vallance was selected to compete for Scotland in the under 17 javelin.

Last week she made the long journey south to Ashford in Kent for the international schools match involving Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.

This was great experience for Ali who threw just short of her PB for an excellent result and she enjoyed the experience immensely. She has now been selected as a reserve for the next event at Loughborough in September.

This was on the back of an incredible summer so far for Chirnside Chasers athletes with the recent Scottish Champion’s title at Aberdeen for Hannah Meikle-Hamilton in the Pentathlon for combined events similar to the what Jessica Ennis competes in.

During that championship athletes take part in five separate events in one day one of which is the shot putt and Hannah threw a brilliant 9.31m.

That throw puts her inside the top 10 athletes in the UK for her age group.

For a small village club in Berwickshire to have two athletes in the top 10 in the UK for their respective events is testament to the athletes, club and coaches and shows the depth of athletic talent in the Berwickshire area. It bodes well for the Scottish National Championships, which will be held at the end of August at Grangemouth.