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Inverness Harriers athlete receives full blues award from University of the Highlands and Islands


By Will Clark

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Inverness Harrier Stephen Mackay has received a full blues award from the University of Highlands and Islands and Highlands and Islands Student Association.

Stephen Mackay
Stephen Mackay

The Inverness College soft tissue therapy student was recognised for his performances in athletics at national and international level.

Mackay started competing in track and field at the age of 18.

He achieved personal bests in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m last year, breaking the Inverness Harriers 1500m club record which had stood for 36 years.

He has won multiple national medals and competed in two British Championships and World Championship trial events this year.

Mackay said: “The university has provided invaluable support to me this year through its Elite Athletes Fund.

"All my lecturers have also been flexible around my workload, allowing me to go to competitions and attend training

camps whilst still achieving my academic aims.”

His long-term goal is to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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