Sprinter Tindle selected to run for Scotland team

Cameron Tindle in his Scotland kit
Cameron Tindle in his Scotland kit

Berwick sprinter Cameron Tindle will go head to head over 60metres with world indoor champion Richard Kilty this weekend.

Tindle is set to become one of the youngest ever male athletes to represent Scotland at an indoor international after being called up to the senior team for this Saturday’s meet in Glasgow.

The 16-year-old Berwick Academy student was selected after winning the 60m at the National Open on Saturday, beating a quality field that included experienced Scots Ryan Oswald and Stephen Dunlop, with a new PB of 6.94seconds.

He will join fellow Berwicker and Scotland regular Guy Learmonth at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International, which will see the home team take on Great Britain & Northern Ireland, France and Germany.

“I’m really pleased to have been picked,” Tindle said. “It’s a real honour to represent Scotland. It was a goal from the start of the season to get selected for this so I’m delighted to have made the team.”

Tindle, who’s trained by Berwickshire’s Henry Gray, secured his spot after recording a new lifetime best at the National Open - and he thinks there’s more in the tank.

“My start wasn’t as good as it has been, which let me down a bit,” he admitted. “I think I could have run sub 6.90 if I’d executed it better.”

The young Berwicker beat the odds to win the New Year Sprint at Musselburgh earlier this year, and knows his first senior call-up will be another test. “I’m nervous and excited to line up alongside the likes of GB’s Richard Kilty - the World champion!” he said.

“Racing Ryan Oswald and Steven Dunlop at the Open was a big deal, and this is another step. Hopefully lining up alongside these guys will pull me through to a quick time.”

Learmonth, who secured victory for Scotland in the 600m at last year’s event, will be favourite over 800m this time round.

“Guy is an inspiration to me - he helps to motivate me and he calms me down so it will be great to have him there too,” Tindle added.

Chirnside athlete Patrick Swan has also won a national call up for the match.

He will join Glasgow 2014 finalists and Scottish record holders, training partner Greg Louden and Grant Plenderleith, and hurdler Dave Martin in 4x400m relay.

His other training partner, World relay silver medallist and Commonwealth finalist Jamie Bowie, is set to compete in the individual 400m.

“I’m motivated by how well my training partners did at the Games so it’s great to get the opportunity to compete at an international alongside them,” Swan said. “I’m ready to go there on Saturday and raise my own performance levels.

“I’ve got good races lined up this indoor season - the plan is to get quicker every race and hopefully Saturday will be just the start.”