Blake wins Junior Sports Personality of the Year
November 8 2019
Congratulations to Blake H on winning the regions – junior sports personality of the year award!
The citation of his achievements readout on the night:
Blake H won the Scottish Tetrathlon Championships in his age group (2018). In 2018 Blake selected for the National Modern Triathlon Championships winning Gold! Blake qualified for the Triathle World Championships in Hurghada Egypt for team GB. At the Championships Blake and his partner won Bronze in the mixed relay and a silver in the individual event.
In 2019 Blake has won every Tretrathlon competition and ranked first nationally. Blake qualified for the GB pentathlon team (U17s) and competed in Germany finishing in 7th place individually and team gold. Blake went on to compete in Budapest in at the World Championships for Great Britain. Currently, Blake is focusing on his fencing training supported by GB pentathlon and has now been invited onto their world-class talent programme earlier in the year.
September Blake became the U16 Scottish Biathlon U16 champion and qualified for the British Biathlon Championships in 2020.
Blake competes in the sport of modern pentathlon made up of 5 sports, running, shooting, swimming, fencing and horse riding and competes in any combination of these at the competition.
2018/19 has been a huge year for Blake and brought amazing opportunities to be selected to compete for Great Britain. Firstly at the European championships in Germany in June 2018 securing a team gold for the u15 boys’ team and an individual 7th place. The world championships were then held in Hurghada, Egypt in October 2018 which saw Blake win individual silver and a bronze medal with his partner in the mixed relay.
Blake was then selected again to represent Great Britain in 2019 this time for the u17 boys and team GB travelled to Germany for the European championship and Budapest for the world championships where Blake and his team won gold.
A little closer to home Blake’s biggest achievement in 2018/19 was securing the British champion title for modern triathlon following his win at the British modern triathlon championships held in Nottingham.
Having been selected to represent Scotland in July 2018 Blake joined the other Scottish athletes and travelled to the national school games at Loughborough University. This was an amazing experience not only in winning an individual silver medal and team gold but also winning the spirit of sports trophy for outstanding sportsmanship!
In the past few weeks, Blake won the Scottish schools biathlon held in Aberdeen for the fourth year in a row which qualifies Blake to compete at the British schools’ biathlon championships in London in 2020.
Blake is also ranked number one in the up for tetrathlon (four events) having won each of the 3 major national competitions this year held at Milton Keynes, Warwickshire and Windsor.
Blake has recently been invited to be part of the GB pentathlon world-class talent programme which provides training and supports preparing athletes to compete internationally.
With an ongoing hectic training schedule, Blake’s focus is now on fencing to prepare him to compete in full pentathlon with his biggest aim of being selected for Great Britain to compete at the Youth Olympics in 2022.
Blake’s success to date must also be attributed to Clubsport Lauderdale and Ettrick and the Rowan Bolland trust in continuing their support, a huge thank you must go to Blake’s coaches Mr Fleming, Elaine Johnston, Dr Ferguson and Phil Carson as well as Robyn Methven who always welcomes Blake to the borders elite swimming team allowing him to train whilst home from school. This would not be possible without Blake’s school, Strathallan who not only work hard to manage the logistics of Blake’s training but for the huge amount of support and encouragement, that is always forthcoming!