A YOUNG star of track and field is hoping to make her mark when she heads down to London’s Olympic Stadium.
Mhairi Patience (16) is competing in the Sainsbury’s School Games which runs for four days from May 6.
The Victoria Park-Glasgow AC member will compete against youngsters from 12 different regions of the UK and will be running in the 80metres hurdle and relay events.
Mhairi, from Milngavie, qualified for the games in early March after winning the Scottish National Championships at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow.
She competed in the 60m hurdles with a personal best of 8.8secs and also picked up gold in the 200m.
The Douglas Academy student said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It will be brilliant. Obviously I would like to place and get a medal, but mainly I’m looking forward to going there.”
This is the first time the youngster has competed in such a big event and she admitted to being ‘a bit nervous’ but agreed it would be a really good experience.
The fourth year student’s coach Colin Sinclair reckons she has as good a chance as anyone to came back from the championships clutching a medal.
He said: “I think she will do very well, but I would not want to put pressure on her. I just hope she enjoys herself. She has a very big feat ahead of her, but I know she will do her best in what is a spectacular competition arena.”
Mhairi has been a member of Victoria Park-Glasgow AC for almost six years.
Colin added: “Mhairi is no stranger to winning and is a multi-event athlete, competing in running, jumping and throwing events and this will hold her in good stead.”
Fellow Douglas Academy pupil Greg Docherty will also compete in the games in the relay event.