Uk news McColgan and Muir are inspiring a generation of Scots, says athletics club chief PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Nigel Reynolds - president of Dundee Hawkshill Harriers, where McColgan and Muir have both trained and competed - believes their success will lead to another big rush towards athletics.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The president of Eilish McColgan’s old athletics club claims Scotland has its own Lionesses - with golden girl Eilish and Laura Muir at the head of the pack. Nigel Reynolds said he and wife Catriona, also a coach at Dundee Hawkshill Harriers, virtually ran the last battling lap of Eilish’s golden win in the 10,000m, before punching the air in joy as they shared the taste of success. Both fully expected the gritty athlete to come up trumps in Birmingham, digging out the last ounce of speed with the same courage shown by mum Liz when winning Commonwealth gold in Edinburgh 36 years earlier. And Peter believes the latest success on the track will lead to another big rush towards athletics by local youngsters, all inspired to become the next Eilish. Peter, 61, joined the Hawks 15 years ago and has watched Eilish’s trajectory go up and up. Read More Related Articles Eilish McColgan lost for words over Commonwealth triumph as she admits 'I've never sprinted like that in my life' Read More Related Articles Eilish McColgan in Commonwealth Games gold confession before emotional hug with mum Liz He said: “I’ve known both Eilish and Liz for many years and I felt extremely proud watching her charge her way to a gold medal, just like Liz had all those years ago. She most certainly has her mother’s grit. “In the last 18 months she has taken things to a new level and she may well keep improving. More importantly, Eilish has already been building a massive legacy for athletics in Dundee, just like her mother did. “We don’t need The Lionesses in Scotland as we have Eilish at the head of the pack already with Laura Muir as top role models. For our club to produce both of these world class athletes is quite extraordinary.
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. After London 2012 our membership shot up by 700 per cent, which was crazy, but it showed how positive role models really can influence people. “In a city like Dundee, where there’s a lot of poverty and social challenges, the success of one of two athletes can go a long way to inspire people and can even help turn some lives around.”
Eilish McColgan wins Gold in the women's 10,000m Nigel said Eilish and Liz have already put back in as much as they have taken from the sport. He said: “Liz was a dedicated coach and Eilish was one of the runners in her distance programme who really benefited from her experience. But Eilish is an outstanding role model and she has put her own money, as well as her time, into developing the sport for youngsters. She really could not be a better role model.”
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Eilish McColgan's embarces mum after win Nigel - who revealed he hopes Eilish, 32, improves into her 30s - said: “We saw with dame Kelly Holmes that women can keep developing and Eilish may well get into half marathons but, who knows, we could see her on an Olympic podium in a couple of years time. “If this Commonwealth gold ends up being the pinnacle of her career then what a high it has been. But once she allows this to sink in Eilish will be setting herself new targets.” Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - Sign up to our daily newsletter here. READ NEXT: Dogsitting mum painted every wall in sons house and tossed pup's bed outside Michael Mosley's rapid weight loss trick that takes just minutes and is perfect for busy life Sepsis symptoms as GMB presenter Kate Garraway's husband returns to hospital with condition
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