A year of success for rising local sports talent

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Alisha Rees of Banchory Academy was presented with the Rotary Shield for best performance by a female athlete at the Scottish Schools Athletics Association Indoor Track & Field Championships, which took place at the Emirates Arena earlier this year.

Alisha competed in the 200m event for over 16s and won the event in a time of 24.78 secs, a championship best time beating the previous record set in 2003.

Her time also equalled the National Age Group Record set in 1983. For this, she shared the Most Meritorious Performance Shield - the Rotary International award.

Alisha competed in the 200m event for over 16s and won the event in a time of 24.78 secs, achampionship best time beating the previous record set in 2003. Her time also equalled the National Age Group Record set in 1983. For this, she shared the Most Meritorious Performance Shield - the Rotary International award.

Alisha recently went on to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September, where she won a silver medal in the 200m in a time of 23.61secs.

She also achieved a bronze medal in the 100m. in a time of 11.72 secs. And on Saturday Alisha was voted Best under-17 Athlete of the Year at the Scottish Athletics’ Athlete of the Year Awards in Glasgow.

Alisha is a member of the Banchory-Stonehaven Athletic Club and is coached locally by Willy Russell. She is Britain’s top ranked under-17 sprinter, and has in fact also won the Scottish Senior Women’s 200m title.

The partnership of Rotary International and the Scottish Schools Athletic Association started as a legacy project from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. 

In 2015-16, Rotary has all three Scottish Districts working together to support youth athletics in schools throughout Scotland, with the objective of ensuring all athletes have the opportunity to compete and improve their ability, and that the best have the opportunity to go on and represent their country.

The trophy was presented to Alisha in front of her year group at Banchory Academy by Ken Lennox, President of Banchory Rotary Club.