February 4 marked a phenomenal success on the athletics track for Alford Academy’s Stewart Millar.

At the age of just 14, Stewart has become Scottish Schoolboys U16 champion in the 800m event.

In competition with athletes from across the whole of Scotland, Stewart kept a cool head, not only winning the race, but also achieving a personal best time of 2:00:55, and coming within a shaving of breaking a 20-year-old record - a brilliant achievement for the young athlete.

Stewart explained that he trained twice a week at the Aberdeen Sports Village, in addition to further training at home.

He spoke about how he just treated this race like any other, staying focused and aware of anything (or anyone) that might jeopardise his chances of crossing the finishing line in first place!

This is a big race to take on at the age of only 14, and Stewart really has done himself and the school proud.

The Academy has more than one reason to celebrate success on the athletics front. A huge well done to the S2 boys and girls’ heptathlon teams, who were overall winners in the Giant Heptathlon event held on Tuesday, February 11, at Aberdeen Sports Village, where they were competing against nine other Aberdeenshire secondary schools.

The teams have now qualified for the regional competition, where they will battle it out against three other schools, for a place in the National Giant Heptathlon in Glasgow.

Once again the Faculty of PE and Health at Alford Academy is collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers for sports equipment.

If you shop at Sainsbury’s, the school would be grateful if you could collect the vouchers and ask your son /daughter to place them in the collection box at the school reception. Article by Lucy Smart, Alford Academy’s Press Committee