ANOTHER competition and another success has come to discus star Nick Percy, who last weekend won the Scottish Championships.
Nick, 18, of Bonchurch, made a 1,000-mile round trip to Glasgow for the event, to see how he would fare throwing a heavier 2kg discus.
Having only thrown it once before a year ago, and with only two weeks of training under his belt, Nick wanted to know how close he could get to the 2014 Commonwealth Games qualification distance of 56m.
After a tentative start, Nick found his stride and took the lead in the second round with a throw of 53.80m. Gaining confidence, he threw over 53m again and by the fifth round had improved to 55.34m.
In the final round, he improved again with a final throw of 55.84m, just 16cm short of automatic qualification, and enough to win the title by three metres.
Nick said: "We had a round trip of more than 1,000 miles, as we also went training in London while we were on the mainland on the way back. It was exhausting but a great trip, and I now know qualification is within reach — and I have nine months to achieve it."
His throw breaks his own IW record by more than ten metres, the Scottish record for a junior with a senior weight, and is the best recorded throw ever in the UK rankings by a junior athlete.
Next weekend he is back up to Scotland, and the Aberdeen Sports Village, for the Scottish Under-20 Championships, where he will seek to defend the hat-trick of throwing titles (discus, hammer and shot putt) he won last year in Grangemouth.