Scott Hopper was on top form as he took a superb silver medal at the England age group championships in Bedford on Saturday. The 14-year-old from Callander was making the long trip down to Bedford for his first UK championships after an unbeaten season in Scotland which had included victories at East Districts, Scottish schools and Scottish championships. At the Scottish championships, Scott had won by 15 metres with a throw of 49.59 metres to put himself into the top 10 all-time in Scotland for the Under-15 age group. He was now looking for the bigger challenge of UK wide competition. He went into the event ranked 7th in the UK so knew it was going to be tough.
However in the second round he launched the spear beyond the 50m tape for the first time ever, recording a superb personal best 51.87 metres to go into second place. He wasn’t able to challenge the winner who threw beyond 57 metres and there were other challengers to his position with several other athletes coming close. But his throw was enough to hold onto runner-up spot and a silver medal, a fantastic achievement at this level.
His throw lifts him to 4th on the Scottish all-time list and puts him within touching distance of the Scottish and club record of 54.65m set by former Central AC athlete, Ryan Stewart in 2006. With few competitions left this season, the record may well elude Scott but he can look to build on this achievement for the future and aim for further success as he progresses through the age groups.