Promising future for two southside teens

Caitlin Pringle
Caitlin Pringle

MEARNS Castle’s Andrew Mullen has been awarded with the sporting spirit award, chosen from 1,600 athletes who competed in the UK School Games.

The Ren 96 swimmer was recipient of Friday’s honours and on Saturday, while representing Scotland, he earned a bronze medal for the boys MC 50m multi-disability freestyle.

Andrew Mullen

Andrew Mullen

THE 14-year-old recently earned a pair of medals at the International Paralympic committee swimming European championships in Berlin.

The youngster surged home to win the bronze medal in the 200m individual medley and a silver medal in the 50m butterfly.

There, he sliced a massive 13 seconds off his personal best time to clinch bronze in the SM5 200m Individual Medley in 3mins 33.22secs.

Andrew is now only seven 100ths of a second outside of a Paralympic qualifying time for London 2012.

REN 96 head coach Sandy Blackwood was delighted with Andrew’s achievements against competition.

He told ExtraSport: “I’m so pleased and proud that Andrew is showing his amazing ability at the highest level”.

-Meanwhile, the Commonwealth youth games, featuring Clarkston’s Caitlin Pringle, begin today.

The 17-year-old will compete in the doubles tournament, which starts tomorrow.

The former Williamwood High school pupil is one of 47 Scottish athletes taking part in the competition in the Isle of Man.

She will compete against pairs from around the world alongside Bellshill’s Kirsty Gilmour, and will also feature in mixed doubles.

She told The Extra: “My aim is to win a medal and gain experience to help me work towards my goal of competing in the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014 and the 2016 Olympics”.