Me and my sport: profiling Borders ASP Athletes

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Name: Gary Robertson

Age: 17

Home Town: Galashiels

Sport: Rugby

Position/Discipline: Prop

Club/Team(s): Gala Wanderers

Coach(es): Shane Hawkins, John Amos

Your own best moment in sport so far: Playing for Scotland U16s at the Wellington Festival last April.

Aims for the next 12 months: To get into the Scotland U18s for the Fira European Championship in april and also to start for Gala 1st XV next season.

Who in your sport has inspired you most and why: Scotland prop Geoff Cross as he plays the same position as me and is from Gala.

Fav TV sporting moment of all time: Braw Lad Ryan Mania winning the Grand National.

Best thing about your sport: Being able to smash someone in tackles.

Fav piece of kit/equipment: All the kit that is free especially hoodies as I have over 20 of them.

If you had the chance, what one thing would you change in your sport: More competion at U18 level.

Venue at which you most aspire to compete: Murrayfield as it is the home of Scottish rugby.

If not in this sport, would like to compete in: Shot putt/discus. I was Scottish Schools Champion a couple of times and have set new School/Borders records at both of them.

Current most played song or track on your i-pod or MP3: Animals by Martin Garrix.

……but can’t stand: Gangnam Style.

Competition superstition or “must do” personal routine: None as yet.

When not competing or training I like to: Rest and watch TV, eg Topgear, Still Game.

n The Borders Athlete Support Programme (ASP) is funded through Borders Sports and Leisure Trust and provides support services to promising athletes from the Borders who are recommended by their National Governing Body. See