Javelin thrower launches Scotland career

A talented High School of Dundee javelin thrower has launched his international career!

Liam Brown javelin

Congratulations to Liam Brown who at the age of just 16 has been selected for the Scottish Athletics U20 Javelin squad.

Liam, F5, has seen his career in the sport soar rapidly after taking it up just two years ago, earning his call-up with a personal best throw (53.32m) in a competition which was held just after lockdown.

A member of Montrose and District Athletics Club, he was due to join up with the national squad for training this weekend. That session has now been cancelled due to Covid restrictions, however further squad meet ups are scheduled in the coming months, and in the meantime Liam will also benefit from virtual training and guidance sessions.

Liam said, “I’m thrilled to have been picked for the Scotland squad.

“I started javelin at 14, encouraged by my dad who was good at my age and held his school record for decades. I decided that I would try and beat his record of 38.4m around that age.

“I’ve just gone back to my athletics club after lockdown, but since I live in the countryside I was able to stay fit while we couldn’t meet by doing jobs like hacking trees down with an axe, and going on bike rides and doing weights.”

Liam has been part of the School’s High Performance Sport programme for the past two years and credits it with playing a huge part in his sporting development.

He said, “They’ve been doing a lot of work with my mindset towards training and competition as well ensuring I know how to put 100% into everything.

“The Programme also helped me through lockdown by giving me home workouts to keep me fit and healthy. Mr Allan, Mr Godman and Mr Aitken have also been a huge support for my fitness before the pandemic and have made sure I’ve been prepared for every competition physically. Having access to the school physio has been a major asset to my performance and has helped me recover from a couple of serious injuries from throwing.”