Lewis young­ster rep­re­sents Scot­land at Pan Celtic Cross Coun­try in Cardiff

The Oban Times - - Sport -

LEWIS athlete, Con­nor Maclean, 19, was the first male is­lan­der ever to rep­re­sent Scot­land at ju­nior cross coun­try level when he par­tic­i­pated at the Pan Celtic Cross- coun­try event in Cardiff on Satur­day Jan­uary 21.

Con­nor is cur­rently be­ing trained by Robert Hop­kins – fa­ther of Cal­lum Hop­kins, who fin­ished ninth in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, in a time of 2:11:52.

Coun­cil­lor Nor­man A MacDon­ald, con­vener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: ‘This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment by one of our tal­ented lo­cal ath­letes. Con­nor has shown a hunger and a will­ing­ness to work in­cred­i­bly hard to achieve his goals. Robert Hop­kins, a for­mer in­ter­na­tional run­ner him­self, clearly sees the po­ten­tial Con­nor has for him to take on his train­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Char­lie Ni­col­son, the Comhairle’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive on COSLA Sports, Arts and Cul­ture Com­mit­tee, said: ‘This is truly won­der­ful news for ath­let­ics in the is­lands and an ex­cel­lent achieve­ment for Con­nor him­self. I would like to con­grat­u­late Con­nor and his coaches who have put a lot of work in, and in­deed all those who are in­volved in ath­let­ics through­out the is­lands.

‘We have won­der­ful sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the Western Isles which pro­vide a foun­da­tion for our young ath­letes to flour­ish and meet their po­ten­tial.’

Con­nor com­pet­ing in the 1,500m fi­nal at the 2015 Is­land games in Jer­sey.

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