Fortrose Academy pupil is crowned national heptathlon champion
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MUNLOCHY teenager Stroma Fraser claimed heptathlon gold at the Scottish National Under-17 championships at Kilmarnock.
The Inverness Harriers athlete secured victory by setting a club record which stood for 27 years by 128 points.
Fraser (15) took the gold medal by 112 points and recorded three personal bests in shot put, javelin and 200m.
She also put in impressive performances in the hurdles, high jump, long jump and 800m.
The Fortrose Academy pupil says she was pleased with her performance to secure the heptathlon title during an impressive career where she has won a number of national medals.
“It was a really close competition, and especially really tight between four girls who all had personal bests,” said Fraser.
“I was glad to get the win overall as through the whole competition the points were so close.
“It was a nice feeling to know going into the 800m that I just had to beat one girl and didn’t need to win by so many seconds.”
Fraser is coached at Inverness Harriers by Charles Bannerman and has been at the club since she was nine. She has claimed 14 national medals, including in pentathlon were she broke the under-13 record.
She says she enjoys taking part in multi event competitions but says in the next few years, will look to decide what she will specialise in.
She says that her strongest event is the hurdles, but is keeping her options open.
“I have been doing the combined events since under-13 level. I got into it as I wanted to give the heptathlon a go and I was already competing in hurdles and the long jump.
“With a bit of practice in the other events I thought that I would give it a go and I’m glad that I did.
“I am young enough to do all the events, but soon I will decide what I want to specialise in.
“I just haven’t decided what that event will be yet.
“I am still enjoying it and keep on doing my best as I am enjoying the sport and winning competitions and getting personal bests.”
Fraser was competing at her first major championship in 2021 but is already preparing for the Scottish National Championship next month where she is confident that she can compete for gold in individual events.
“Kilmarnock was the first event this year but there is more to come,” she said.
“I will be competing in the 80m hurdles, 300m hurdles and long jump.”