Eilidh Peterson of Shetland Amateur Athletics club took part in the triple jump at the Scottish National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.
Despite several no jumps, Eilidh leapt to a personal best of 10m 62cm, securing her the silver medal. This was a very good achievement to win a senior medal, as she is still in the under-20 age group. This performance currently ranks her number one in Scotland in her age group.
It follows on from Eilidh’s victory in the Scottish Universities Indoor Track and Field Championships also at the Kelvin Hall on 5th February. Her winning jump was 10m 58cm, which at the time was also a personal best. Eilidh is in her first year at university in Edinburgh, but had to compete as a guest at the university championships as her university is not yet affiliated to the association which runs the event. As a consequence, despite her victory, she was not awarded a medal.
She travels twice a week for training in Edinburgh with leading coach John Scott and his group of athletes.
A club spokesman said: “It is great to see her continuing with her training and competing whilst at university and she is the second Shetland athlete to win a National Senior medal in a track and field championships, following on from Michelle Sandison’s medal in a 5,000m event.” Both Michelle and Eilidh are part of the athletics squad for this year’s Island Games to be held in the Isle of Wight.