ROSS DARROCH

Rugby

Ross performed to a consistently high standard throughout 2019, while representing Greenock Wanderers at under 15 and under 16 levels. His performances led to his club coaches nominating him for Glasgow & The West under 16 regional squad trials, where he progressed from the initial Glasgow South regional trials, to take part in the combined Glasgow North & South trials.Nationally, Ross established himself as the regular fullback for the u16 Glasgow & The West team in their matches against the three other Scottish rugby regions, Borders & East Lothian, Caledonia and Edinburgh. His performances and commitment in training and regional matches, led to Ross being selected for the Glasgow Warriors u16 squad, which was victorious over their Edinburgh rivals in the Junior 1872 Cup Final - a match which featured the top u16 prospects from throughout Scotland. At an International Level In December 2019, following a final round of trial matches at the end of an 8 month long selection process, Ross rounded-off the year by being selected for the U16 Scotland Blues squad. His dual Scottish and Russian citizenship also led to interest from the Rugby Union of Russia in 2019. His progress throughout the year has resulted in Ross being invited to represent Moscow at an inter-city tournament in 2020, as well as an invite to attend an u16 national training camp at the Olympic village in Sochi.

When he hasn’t been training or playing in matches, Ross has helped out at training sessions for the Minis Section at Greenock Wanderers, where he has been able to pass on some advice to the clubs primary school age players, and have his first experience of refereeing matches.

MATTHEW GARRITY

Swimming

Based on his performances he was selected for Scottish Swimming’s national squad, youth development squad and attends national training camps with this squad. He was selected to attend a joint swim camp with Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales in Aberdeen in June 2019. 

 

Currently ranked 1st in Scotland for the 50m (short course) breaststroke, 100m (short course and long course) breaststroke, 200m Individual medley (long course) and 100m Individual medley and 2nd for the 200m (short course and long course) breaststroke, 400m Individual medley (long course), 100m butterfly (short course) for his age group.

 

Matthew represented Inverclyde at the British Open Championships in April and again at the British Summer championships in July where he qualified for 2 finals and finished 6th in his age group for the 100m breaststroke and 8th for the 50m breaststroke. He competed at the Glasgow International swim meet in May and qualified for finals in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events.

He was selected to join the Scotland West team to participate in the Lincoln Vulcan’s meet and the National County Team championships in Sheffield. Competing at the Lincoln Vulcan’s meet he won gold for the 200m butterfly and bronze for the 200m freestyle. A magnificent performance by the Scotland West team saw them finish 4th at the National Team championships. 

 

Currently ranked 7th in Britain for the 100m breaststroke and 10th for the 50m Breaststroke in his age group.

SEAN FISCHER KEOGH

Cricket

Locally, Sean plays for Greenock Cricket Club’s 1st XI team, who compete in the Western Premier Division.  Apart from missing the first couple of games to sit his Highers, he played in all the 1st XI games throughout the 2019 season.  During the game against Tunnock's Uddingston (the 2019 Premiership winners) Sean took a hat-trick of wickets (in cricket, this is when a bowler takes three wickets in consecutive deliveries).  For this he was included in the West District best figures.  Sean was the only junior included in the West District best figures table for the 2019 season.  He claimed a total of 14 wickets over the season, again the highest placed junior in this category. At regional level, Sean has consistently been selected for the Western Warriors at all age levels. His best figures during this time were 4 wickets for 11 runs against Caledonian Highlanders.  He has now been selected to train with the Western Warriors development team. At national level and international level Sean was selected to play for the U15 and U17 Scotland team.  After his consistent performances locally and nationally last summer, he was chosen to   to train with the U19 World Cup squad which involved travelling through to Edinburgh 3 or 4 times a week, often not getting back to Greenock until 11pm. He was then selected for the final squad of 15 that took part in the World cup in South Africa.  In his first game against Bangladesh (the eventual World Cup winners), Sean was the opening bowler for Scotland and took a wicket with the first ball of the game. He then took a further 2 wickets in the next 2 overs, and was the only Scottish wicket-taker in the game. 

Sean has now been selected to be part of the Scotland performance set-up based at Napier University.

LIAM LAUGHLAN

Taekwondo

Liam achieved Inter club competition: Silver medal for patterns Bronze medal for points sparring Bronze medal for competitor of the year. At a NATIONAL LEVEL on April 2019: 4th AIMAA Taekwondo Scottish Championships: Gold medal for continuous sparring Silver medal for points sparring

Internationally on September 2019 Liam achieved BTC British Open Championships: Silver medal for points sparring. July 2019: Attended the AIMMA Ireland summer camp in County Leitrim hosted by Grand Master John Darcy.

Liam actively promotes Taekwondo by handing out flyers during local fundraising events for his club. He is a Primary 7 pupil at All Saints Primary and has spoken at school to encourage others to take up the sport.

CHARLOTTE WILLSHIRE

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Local level:

  • Scottish Cup 2019 – 1 x Gold Medal & 1x Silver Medal.

  • Scottish Kids League 2019 – 1 x Gold Medal.

  • Rickson Gracie Cup 2019 – 1 x Gold Medal.

 

National level:  

  • BJJ 24/7 Manchester Open  - 1 x Gold Medal.

  • Junior National Championships  - 1 x Silver Medal & 1 x Bronze Medal.

  • BJJ 24/7 Northwest Open - 2 x Gold Medal.

  • NAGA English Open -  1 x Gold Medal, 1 x Silver Medal.

  • ADCC British Open - 1 x Silver Medal.

  • King Of The North Championships  - 1 x Gold Medal &1 x Silver Medal

 

International level 

  • Junior European Championship - 2 x Silver Medal

  • Junior World Championships  - 1 x Bronze Medal

  • US Open - 1 x Bronze Medal

Charlotte has been extremely active this past year bringing in a total of 8 golds 7 silver and 3 bronze medals at major competitions. As a coach I have seen the motivation this has given my other students to work hard and enter their own competition looking for success. 

This has been published in local newspapers and on the social media platforms for our sport. This has served as a great promotional tool for the sport in our community and I have gained many new students from all over Inverclyde in 2019. Charlotte has inspired not only the junior class but also my adult class with her success this year and I have seen an increase in drive and determination from many of my other students who are already getting great results at competitions this year

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