Siblings Sean and Amy Redmond from Linlithgow are flying the flag for West Lothian in sprint kayaking.
The Linlithgow Kayak Racing Club members are both being tipped for bright futures after being picked for the Great British Junior Sprint Kayak Team, and both the Scottish Canoe Association’s National Performance Squad for Sprint Kayaking and Vision Programme for 2014, which aims to support performance athletes in their journey towards world-class and Olympic achievement.
In 2013, Sean (18) was the Senior Men’s Scottish Champion in K1 500m and 1000m and British Champion in the K1 Under 18 500m and 1,000m.
He said: “It’s taken me seven years to work my way up to this international level where I am competing against some of the best athletes in the world. I can now see what it will take for me to get to the top and that really motivates me to keep pushing all of my boundaries.”
Sister Amy (16) was the Scottish Champion in K1 Under 16 Girls in 200m, 500m and 1000m, and the British Champion in K1 Under 16 Girls 200m, K2 Under 16 Girls 200m, 500m and 1,000m and K4 Under 16 Girls 500m.
She added: “Sprint kayaking is a brilliant sport and my aim is to get to the Olympics in 2024.”
The Linlithgow Academy pupils are among 39 athletes currently supported by West Lothian Council’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Pass. The council’s Sports Development Team currently invests around £6000 per year to providing the passes, which allow local athletes competing at International, National and Regional level the opportunity to train for free at West Lothian Leisure’s Xcite facilities.
Depute council leader Cathy Muldoon said: “On behalf of the council, I’d like to congratulate Sean and Amy Redmond in their achievements so far.
“Their family and the whole West Lothian community should be proud of the hard work and dedication that these two talented young people have shown to achieve their goals.”
To follow Sean and Amy’s progress, visit www.linlith gowkayakracing.org.uk