Family fortunes for Hallglen athletes Jade and Taylor Nimmo

Taylor Nimmo
Taylor Nimmo

One good week deserves another for the athletic Nimmo siblings from Hallglen.

Jade (22) is preparing for this weekend’s Scottish Championships looking to break her Scottish long-jump record again, and follow on a successful seven days for 17-year-old brother Taylor.

He returned from Stoke where his solid performances helped Scotland to second place in the Home Counties Combined Events, and opened his S6 
exam results to find he’d passed Advanced Highers in Maths and Physics.

“It was a good week,” said the Graeme High pupil, ranked number one under-20 long jumper in Scotland.

“I almost made my personal best in the 100m at Stoke and threw my best ever discus which took me to sixth in Scotland for that event - that was a bit of a shock.

“I had done 11 PBs at Grangemouth and that’s what got me a place in the team, and everything peaked at the right time then. Stoke had a high level of competition but I got some solid results in some of the events.”

Older sister Jade is heading to Glasgow for the senior Scottish Championships competing in two of Taylor’s strongest events - the 100m and long jump. She recently jumped 6.24m on her first UK Women’s League appearance in London and believes her biggest leap is waiting.

“I think I have just been unlucky this season with the way I have been hitting the board,” said Nimmo. “From take off to landing I’m 6.40m plus in practice so I know that I am pretty much at my best so hopefully I can do even better.”

The Bank of Scotland-sponsored athlete has already fulfilled the Commonwealth Games selection criteria of two jumps over 6.20m.

Meanwhile, Falkirk hammer thrower Myra Perkins insists she is happy for 2013 to pass her by quietly as she gets ready to ensure she is all noise in 2014.

Perkins opened the season with a 58.42m throw in qualifying at the BUCS Championships in May before claiming the title with an effort of 58.20m.

That is as good as it has got for Perkins this season with the Falkirk Victoria Harrier fourth at the England under-23 championships and eighth at the British.

However, with the Commonwealth Games coming next summer, the 21-year-old admits she has foregone success this year with that in mind.

Perkins needs to throw 61m or further twice by June 8, 2014 to be in contention and is confident this year will be beneficial.

“I am not trying to peak for a championship at the moment,” said Perkins who twice threw over 61m in 2011. “I know I am in the right shape so it is just a case of making sure everything carries forward.

“I didn’t throw well at the British Championships but at the same time I am focussing on next year - there is more to come.”

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