A RISING star of the athletics track has won two golds and a silver representing the Royal Air Force Cadets – less than two month after joining them.
Eilidh McCulloch (13) became the youngest member of the cadets to win so many medals when she represented the West Region at last Sunday’s Inter Wing Athletics Championships at Grangemouth Stadium.
The Boclair Academy student won golds in the 100 metre sprint (14.46secs) and in the long jump, and silver in the relay race.
As a member of the RAF 62 Squadron (2nd Glasgow) Air Training Corp – based in Crow Road, Glasgow – Eilidh has excelled beyond all expectations.
A couple of week’s ago she won another gold, again in Grangemouth, in the 100 metres.
The gifted runner said: “Sunday’s event was huge. There were people from all over Scotland and Northern Ireland. I don’t do much training, but always seen to win running competitions in school, so it didn’t come as a surprise to win. I do gymnastics at school and this has helped me in my running.”
Her most recent win has meant Eilidh can now represent Scotland and Northern Ireland in her age group at RAF Cosford in Shopshire on June 29.
She is also entitled to wear the cadets regional blue badge, which can only be worn by members who will represent Scotland.
Flying officer Paul Devine, second in command at 62 Squadron, said: “She seems to be quite a bubbly character and full of enthusiasm. We are chuffed to bits – she is so capable.”
Mr Devine added that they have had other cadets achieve similar results, but not as quickly.
He said: “Usually cadets take some time to realise what sports they are good at, but Eilidh seems to have found out quicker than most.
“Cadets can only enter a maximum of three events so to win two golds and one silver at your first attempt is pretty good.”