Johnston wins Junior Sports Personality of the Year
A High School of Dundee sportsman has cut, driven and pulled his way to a top award!
At the recent 2015 Dundee Sportsman's Dinner at the Invercarse Hotel, cricketer Rory Johnston was presented with the Philip Ridgway trophy for Junior Sports Personality of the Year by BBC sports presenter Hazel Irvine.
The batsman received the prestigious honour in recognition of an outstanding 12 months at the crease which saw him record his first century for Scotland U17s, open the batting for the Forfarshire side which won the Scottish U18 Cup (scoring 43 not out in the final), and represent his country again at the U17 European Championships this past summer.
16-year-old Rory, who has also previously captained the Scottish U15 side and, perhaps most impressively, was previously named Most Valuable Player at the U15 European Championships, said, "It was a proud moment to be presented with the trophy and it's nice that a cricketer has been recognised for such an award.
"Recording my first century for Scotland, against Lincolnshire, was also a real highlight of the past year as it's something I had been working hard to achieve."
The arrival of Autumn might mark the end of the domestic cricket season, but there's no rest for Rory.
Later this month he will fly to Cape Town to take part in a training camp run by the cricket academy of former South African player and coach Gary Kirsten, before joining up with the U17 Scottish Cricket Academy at regular intervals throughout the winter for indoor coaching sessions. He has also just been invited to join the winter training squad for the Scotland U19 team, a development which offers him a chance to achieve his next goal.
"There's an U19 World Cup next year, so it would be fantastic to be able to play a part in that," he said.