Scottish Athletics: Five medallists vie for annual award

Lynsey Sharp, Mark Dry and Lynsey Sharp with their Commonwealth Games medals
Lynsey Sharp, Mark Dry and Lynsey Sharp won Commonwealth Games medals

Five Scots who won Commonwealth Games and European Championships medals will vie for this year's Scottish Athlete of the Year award.

The shortlist features Eilidh Child, Libby Clegg, Mark Dry, Chris O'Hare and Lynsey Sharp.

Hurdler Child, who won medals in Glasgow and Zurich this summer, took the award for third time in 2013.

The winner will be announced at Scottish Athletics' annual dinner on Saturday 22 November at Hampden Park.

Eilidh Child with the Scottish Athlete of the Year award in 2013
Eilidh Child won the Scottish Athlete of the Year award in 2013

Scottish Athletics chief executive Nigel Holl said: "Hampden was special for the Games and a lot of memories are going to be evoked at this time of year as people look back on the Commonwealths.

"Winning four medals for track and field was a success for Team Scotland - the best medal haul, in fact, since 1994.

"But the year is about so much more than that and there were medals in Swansea at the IPC Europeans and, of course, at the Euro Champs in Zurich, where Team GB did very well as a whole.

"It has taken winning a medal at either the Commonwealth Games or the European Championship, or both, to make the top five for the main award."

Sharp, who also won medals in Glasgow and Zurich, and Child have had a tight grip on the crown in recent years.

Child won it in 2009 and 2010 as well as well as last year, while 800m specialist Sharp was the winner in both 2011 and 2012.

Clegg took gold in the T12 100m at Hampden with guide runner Mikail Huggins on the same night as hammer thrower Dry collected bronze, while 1500m runner O'Hare won bronze in Zurich.