SHE may be just 18 years old, but Kelso’s Kirsty Hill has already bagged an impressive haul of sporting accolades, writes Aynsley Douglas.
As well as representing the Borders at tennis and badminton, she has also been Kelso High School’s sports champion since S2 and also holds the school record for discus throwing.
And this week, together with Selkirk’s Sarah Robertson, she is part of the Scotland Under-18 hockey squad participating in the European Hockey Championships.
Kirsty began playing hockey after being encouraged by her parents to attend mini-hockey sessions on Sunday mornings. She fell in love with the sport and has become part of a very successful Kelso High School team that has won the inter-school outdoor tournament six years in a row.
Having captained the South league at Under-15, Under-16, Under-18 outdoor and Under-18 indoor competitions, as well as competing at the UK school games twice, it is hard to believe Kirsty has had enough time to study.
However, after completing five highers last term, she has recently finished three higher exams this year as well as an advanced higher in biology, before she moves on to study nutrition at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.
Pulling on the Scotland jersey is always an honour for Kirsty and she can’t wait to run out against a very strong Dutch team this week.
“Wearing the Scotland shirt brings a great feeling,” she told TheSouthern.
“I look forward to experiencing a tournament at this level as I have never played in front of thousands of spectators and to play against the Dutch will be amazing.”
The talented teenager has aspirations of becoming a fully-capped international and dreams of representing her country at the Olympics.
She added: “I would love to play at the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games, but it will take a lot of hard work and commitment to get to that level. I am willing to give it a go however.”
With a good, hard-working performance in Holland this month, surely a full international call-up won’t be far off for Kelso’s sporting queen Kirsty.