Melrose hockey ace Lucy Inglis has returned from the 2014 Sainsbury’s UK School Games with a gold medal after competing for Scotland in the under-18s event.
The 17-year-old Earlston High School pupil has accrued 12 international caps in total at both under-16 and under-18 level and has played in all the major tournaments as part of the under-18 Scotland squad for season 2013/14.
Lucy, who plays for Watsonians, was selected for the UK School Games squad following a number of trials at the end of last year. She has travelled to Dublin, Belfast and England to compete in a serious of test matches which led to her selection for team Scotland in Manchester at the beginning of the month.
She told The Southern: “Being selected to represent Scotland at the 2014 School Games playing the sport I love has been amazing and exciting.
“It was my first experience at a multi-sport event and to come home with a gold medal is a fantastic feeling. I enjoyed every minute and the support from all the other Scottish athletes at the games was brilliant.”
The School Games is an event for the nation’s most talented young athletes of school age.
More than 1,600 potential future sports stars competed in 12 sports in different venues across Manchester.
The Scotland under-18 girls’ hockey team played three matches over three days and beat England Reds 3-2, England Blues 5-1 and on the final day, to win gold, they beat Ulster 4-3, making the Scots hockey champions of the Games.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for the support I have received over the past year from the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust, Ettrick and Lauderdale Sports Council and the Borders Athlete Support Programme,” added Lucy.