Young Ayrshire Athlete’s Success

A few months ago, we spoke about Cameron Radigan, an incredibly talented young Ayrshire athlete, whose hard work and dedication saw him qualifying for the Commonwealth Championships.

Cameron was diagnosed with cancer in his left leg when he was two. Treatment saved his life but also cost him part of his left leg. Eleven years in remission he is still undergoing surgery on his leg while competing at every opportunity. The latest procedure has left him dependent on a wheelchair but he hasn't allowed this to get in the way of his ambition to compete at the very highest level. Cameron's qualification for the Commonwealth Championships, despite his health challenges and the pandemic, is simply inspiring.

Throughout the pandemic, both East Ayrshire Leisure & East Ayrshire Council gave Cameron use of the hockey field at Loudoun Academy and use of the Ayrshire Athletics Arena for training as well as giving him free access to gyms as part of the Talented Athlete Programme.

Cameron’s 2021 season started very slowly as did everyone’s. There were no guarantees of any competition or even clubs opening back up so Cameron focused on being prepared for when the season would finally start which meant a full upgrade his archery equipment and continuing to work with his coaches -  Lana Needham (Former Commonwealth Scotland Team Head Coach), Kerstin Elmendorff and Frank Schallmoser via Zoom and WhatsApp.

Despite the disappointing announcement in June that the Commonwealth Games were being pushed back to 2022, there was some good news - the UK National Archery Tour was taking place as was the Junior Home Nations, Youth Festival, British Disability Championships and Junior UK Masters, all of which are world status events and here’s how he did…..

Name of Competition

Ranked

British Disability Outdoor championships

1st

Archery GB Junior Home Nations MT

1st

Archery GB Youth Festival MT

1st

Archery GB Youth Festival Team event

1st

UK Junior Masters

2nd

Well done Cameron!!!!!

Cameron said, “I appreciate the support of East Ayrshire Council and East Ayrshire Leisure and I hope they are pleased with the effort I have put in over the past year to ensure my current competitive level has been maintained and that I represent Scotland to the best of my abilities”.

It is safe to say that everyone at East Ayrshire Leisure and East Ayrshire Council are massively proud of the progress made by Cameron and by his determination and dedication to training. We wish him the very best of luck in future competitions. We’ll keep you updated on his journey to the Commonwealth Championships but you can also keep up to date with Cameron's progress here 

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