“Robert Hawkins, a former international runner himself, clearly sees the potential
Connor has for him to take on his training and I think I speak on behalf of everyone
in the Western Isles by wishing Connor the very best of luck this weekend in Cardiff.”
Charlie Nicolson, the Comhairle’s representative on COSLA Sports, Arts and Culture
Committee, said: “This is truly wonderful news for athletics in the islands and an
excellent achievement for Connor himself.
“I would like to congratulate Connor and his coaches who have put a lot of work in,
and indeed all those who are involved in athletics throughout the islands. We have
wonderful sporting facilities in the Western Isles which provide a foundation for
our young athletes to flourish and meet their potential. I wish Connor the very best
of luck this weekend as he represents our country and indeed, our islands, down in
Island youth to represent Scotland in cross country competition
19 January 2017
Local athlete, Connor Maclean, will become the first male islander ever to represent
Scotland at junior cross country level when he participates at the Pan Celtic Cross
Country event in Cardiff on Sunday.
The 19-year-old is currently being trained by Robert Hawkins – father of Callum Hawkins,
who finished ninth in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Norman A MacDonald, convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “This is a fantastic
achievement by one of our talented local athletes. Connor has shown a hunger and
a willingness to work incredibly hard to achieve his goals.