2020-2021 Academy Athletes

Zoey Clark
Age: 26
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Zoey was born and raised in Aberdeen having gone through school at Aberdeen Grammar. As a sporty child Zoey predominately focused on dance during school until, at the age of 15, a teacher encouraged her to take up athletics and join Aberdeen AAC. Zoey very quickly found herself as one of the fastest sprinters in Britain, achieving age group selections for Scotland and GB&NI within her first couple years in the sport.

Zoey has since gone on to become the leading 400m athlete in Scotland. Zoey has won two Commonwealth Games selections, British Athletics indoor and outdoor 400m titles and numerous World and European Championship medals for GB&NI 4x400m relay teams. Her successes on the World and European stage make her the most successful Aberdeen AAC athlete in club history.

Zoey studied Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, where she won awards in 2017 for graduating as the top performing Master’s student academically, a year where Zoey also became a World Championship silver medallist. Alongside being on the British Athletics relay programme and her dedicated training schedule, Zoey works in Aberdeen as a Chemical Engineer within the Oil & Gas industry.

Michael Ferguson
Age: 25
Discipline: Middle-Distance
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Michael grew up in Stonehaven and started athletics at age 9 with Banchory Stonehaven Athletics Club. He later joined AAAC as a young teenager to progress his training under Ken and Joyce Hogg who have since retired from coaching.

Michael has represented Scotland on a number of occasions and has consolidated himself amongst the top middle-distance runners in Scotland. He has regularly medalled at Scottish national championships in cross country and on track with his most notable achievement being his win in the 1500m at the Scottish senior track and field championships in 2019.

Since finishing his studies at the University of Aberdeen, Michael is now a full-time secondary school science teacher.

Róisín Harrison
Age: 24
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Róisín grew up on the outskirts of Limerick, Ireland and was exposed to athletics from a young age, having accomplished athletics coaches for parents. Róisín moved to Aberdeen in 2015 to study at the University of Aberdeen, a year which also saw her finish fourth at the European Junior Athletics Championships as part of the Irish 4x100m relay team.

In 2019 Róisín won the senior 200m title at the Scottish Athletics National Championships and 200m silver at the Irish equivalent the previous month. Having permanent residence in Aberdeen, Róisín is regarded amongst the top sprinters in Scotland.

Róisín completed her Master’s degree in 2020 and is now undertaking a PhD at University of Aberdeen whilst also teaching Psychology undergraduates.

Kelsey Stewart
Age: 23
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Stonehaven/Cardiff
Performance Record

Having started athletics with Banchory Stonehaven Athletics Club aged 11, Kelsey joined Aberdeen AAC to start training with now retired distance coaches Ken and Joyce Hogg as an U15 athlete.

Since joining Aberdeen AAC, Kelsey has raced with success in a range of events. However, it is the 400m where Kelsey has made her greatest mark. At this distance Kelsey has won numerous Scottish age group and senior medals, notably also winning the England Athletics U23 400m title. Kelsey’s successes over the 400m have seen her selected for Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and GB&NI at age group levels.

Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen, Kelsey moved to Cardiff in 2019 to start her Master’s degree in Strength & Conditioning at Cardiff Met University.

Iain Boyd
Age: 22
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Drumoak/Aberdeenshire
Performance Record

Iain is an athlete with Cerebral Palsy who started athletics with AAAC aged 16.

Iain was selected to represent Scotland at the UK School Games in 2015 for the ambulant 100m and 200m where he finished fifth in both.

In 2019 Iain made significant improvements lowering his 100m, 200m and 400m PBs, and he currently ranks first in the UK for the 400m in the T37 disability category.

Rebecca Matheson
Age: 21
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Keith, Aberdeenshire
Performance Record

Rebecca started athletics aged 11 with Elgin AAC as a sprinter competing predominately in the Highlands. Rebecca joined AAAC at U17 continuing her development as a promising young sprinter.

Rebecca gained her first Scotland selection at the 2018 Loughborough International for the 4x100m. Before Covid-19 put hold to the 2020 season, Rebecca had a strong start to the year at the 200m event with silver at the Scottish Senior National Indoor Championships, bronze at the BUCS Indoor Championships and 4th at the British Indoor Championships.

Rebecca is currently a fourth-year Sports and Exercise Science student at Robert Gordon University.

Rhia Badial
Age: 20
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Maryculter, Aberdeenshire
Performance Record

Rhia has been a member of AAAC from U15 level and has always favoured the short sprints. Having always been a decent sprinter, Rhia made big improvements in 2019 taking a large chunk off her 100m and 200m PBs and finishing 4th in a hotly contested Scottish Universities 100m final. Rhia started the 2020 indoor season well having broken her indoor 60m and 200m PBs.

Rhia is a medical student at the University of Aberdeen where she started her studies to become a doctor in 2018.

Robbie Farquhar
Age: 20
Discipline: Combined Events / Long Jump
Location: Aberdeenshire
Performance Record

Starting out with AAAC at a young age, Robbie demonstrated prowess across the full extent of athletics disciplines, though quickly became particularly capable in technical events. 

Eventually progressing during his teens to work with experienced local coaches, Kenny and Janet Lyon, Robbie has made gains at a Scottish and UK national level, collecting accolades including Scottish under 20 and student titles in 60m and long jump, indoor and out. He regularly travels the length and breadth of the UK, performing strongly at UK championships for both combined and individual events. Across junior age categories, Robbie holds a swathe of AAAC records, most recently racking up those for indoor 60m, 60m hurdles and long jump as an under 20.

Robbie currently studies at RGU, pursuing a degree in Radiography. 

Naomi Lang
Age: 21
Discipline: Middle-Distance
Location: Edinburgh/Aberdeen
Performance Record

Initially joining AAAC as a junior and making an early impact in district and national cross-country fixtures, Naomi has since matured into an established middle-distance athlete in the upper tiers of Scottish and UK rankings across distances, winning bronze medals in both 5km and 1500m at the Scottish Senior Track and Field Champs in 2019.

Representing Scotland in 2017 at the Celtic International and the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, and then in 2019 at the Loughborough International, Naomi now primarily resides in Edinburgh studying at Edinburgh University. 

Georgia Morrison
Age: 19
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Gourock, Inverclyde
Performance Record

Georgia started athletics at U11 with Inverclyde Athletic Club, in the area where she still lives. Georgia joined AAAC in 2018, aged 16, for the opportunity to compete at a higher level in the Scottish Women’s League.

In 2018 Georgia gained a Scotland U18 selection for the 400m, in a year where Georgia won bronze at both the indoor and outdoor Scottish National U17 Championships. Moving into the U20 age group in 2019, Georgia achieved PBs in all of her events.

Carmen Neat
Age: 19
Discipline: High Jump
Location: Loughborough/Sweden
Performance Record

Joining AAAC from a young age, Carmen quickly established herself as a successful high jumper, attaining Scottish medals and titles throughout junior age categories. In 2018, as an U17 category athlete, she broke the AAAC senior ladies record when winning the English Championships, with this record pushed further in 2019, the year in which she won Scottish Schools and U20 indoor championships.

Currently, Carmen primarily trains and studies in Loughborough at the university, with time also spent with family who are nowadays located in Sweden.

Jane Davidson
Age: 18
Discipline: Sprints/Hurdles/Long Jump
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Brought up in Aberdeen by her athletic parents, including a former Commonwealth Games medallist, Jane has been exposed to athletics from a very young age.

Jane started athletics like most young athletes, enjoying running, jumping and throwing. Having initially made her mark in multi-events, Jane has refined her skills, particularly over the sprint hurdles, in recent years and gained international selections for Scotland at U18 level. In the 2020 indoor season Jane became double Scottish U20 champion breaking Zoey Clark’s U20 60m record and both senior and U20 60m hurdles records.

Jane has recent started her degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Aberdeen.

James Mcintosh
Age: 18
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Newburgh, Aberdeenshire
Performance Record

Showing enthusiasm and commitment to athletics through his time in the Kids@ASV programme, James joined AAAC aged 13.

James continued to show commitment and progressively developed from a decent club athlete to one of Scotland’s best junior 200m/400m athletes. As well as his performances in sprints, James represented Scotland at the school’s international for the U17 Long Jump in 2018.

At the 2019 Scottish Senior National Championships, at the age of 16, James won 400m bronze with a PB which ranked him highly for his age in the UK. James continued his form into the 2020 indoor season where he broke the club indoor U20 200m record.

Tobi Fatona
Age: 17
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Aberdeen City/Edinburgh
Performance Record

Joining AAAC in 2017 aged 14 with his younger and older brothers, Tobi showed a commitment to training and interest in the sprints.

In 2019 Tobi won a bronze medal at the Scottish Schools outdoor 200m championships and just missed out on the medals at the Scottish U17 National outdoor championships finishing fourth in both the 100m and 200m.

Tobi has recently moved to Edinburgh to begin studying for his degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Caitlin Purcell
Age: 17
Discipline: Middle Distance
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Joining the club from a sporting background, Caitlin pursued an interest in cross country and middle distance running as soon as she joined AAAC. Training under coaches John MacGregor and Nichola Crawford, alongside her sister Kirsty, Caitlin continues to make progress as she navigates the transition from junior to senior athlete.

Finishing highly at Scottish National and Schools championships in recent years, Caitlin has represented Scotland and East Scotland a number of times, forming an integral part of the developing squad on each occasion.

Caitlin is completing the final year of her time in secondary school before making the move to higher education thereafter.

Kirsty Purcell
Age: 17
Discipline: Middle Distance
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Taking up cross country and distance running from an already sporting background, Kirsty joined AAAC and quickly established herself as a formidable competitor. Training alongside her twin sister, Caitlin, under the oversight of Nichola Crawford and John MacGregor, Kirsty continues to maintain progress in her development.

Representing Scotland and Scotland-East in the last couple of years at cross country events across the British Isles, Kirsty has established herself amongst a squad of dependable upcoming junior Scottish athletes. 

Now in her final year of school, Kirsty looks forward to stepping up to higher education. 

Lewis Watt
Age: 17
Discipline: Middle-Distance
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Growing up in Aberdeen, Lewis joined the club at the age of 9 and quickly proved to be a capable and versatile athlete from the start. As he has grown and developed, Lewis has enjoyed much success on the track in middle-distance events.

The 2019 indoor season saw Lewis run a superb 800m at the Scottish Championships to take gold in the U17 male category, breaking the AAAC records in the process for both U17 and U20 men. He has also performed consistently at English National Championships, narrowly missing out on podium positions on a couple of occasions.

Off the track, Lewis is navigating exams with the intention to progress to university following secondary school.

Kai Crawford
Age: 16
Discipline: Middle-Distance
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Kai started with AAAC at a young age and quickly settled on specialism in distance and cross country running. Since the age of around 13, Kai has found himself in the mix for podium positions at Scottish national championships.

Over the last couple of years, Kai has attained podium finishes in 800m and 1500m distances at Scottish schools and national championships on several occasions, with 1500m silver and 800m gold at the 2020 schools’ indoor championships being significant highlights.

Currently, Kai continues with his studies at secondary school with the objective to pursue an engineering degree in the USA

Sam Griffin
Age: 16
Discipline: Middle-Distance
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Sam joined AAAC as a youngster and quickly pursued middle-distance running, excelling particularly in off-track events such as cross country. With this ability, Sam has been training with club senior middle-distance athletes since the age of 15.

At the Scottish Cross Country Championships in 2019, Sam grabbed bronze in a highly contested podium for the U15 male category. He has also claimed accolades in national hill running championships, represented Scotland at the Celtic Nations Cross Country Championships in 2020 and has been part of Scottish Schools and Scotland East teams on a number of occasions

Sam is now in his penultimate year at secondary school looking towards university opportunities.

Timi Fatona
Age: 15
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Joining AAAC in 2017 aged 11 with his older brothers, Timi showed an immediate talent in the sprints running the fastest 100m and second fastest 200m in any conditions for an U13 Scottish athlete.

In 2019 Timi won the Scottish U15 indoor 60m and 200m titles, Scottish U16 outdoor 100m title and Scottish School’s U15 100m and 200m titles.

Not only is Timi a top sprinter for his age in Scotland, he is also a squad member within Aberdeen Football Club’s youth academy.

Tamsin Fowlie
Age: 15
Discipline: Sprints
Location: Elgin
Performance Record

Tamsin is a new athlete to the AAAC Academy for 2020/21.

Since starting with Moray Road Runners aged 9, Tamsin has always favoured the sprint events. To further her training and development Tamsin joined Elgin AAC and thereafter AAAC in 2019.

In 2019 Tamsin won numerous Scottish U15 and Scottish Schools medals from 60m through to 300m, where she also broke the club U15 300m record. In 2020 Tamsin won bronze at the Scottish National U17 Indoor Championships for 200m.

Tamsin travels to Aberdeen from Elgin for training through the assistance of her parents.

Angela McAuslan-Kelly
Age: 15
Discipline: Throwing/Combined Events
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

Angela joined AAAC as an under 11 athlete and immediately began representing the club and competing on a regular basis. As soon as eligible to do so, Angela began participating at Scottish championships and soon began working with her present coach, Kathleen Madigan.

In the last couple of years, Angela has positioned herself on the podium at Scottish National and Schools championships across a raft of disciplines, including shot put, discus, hammer, high jump and pentathlon. Her performances have grabbed a number of club records, including those for shot and hammer outdoors, and for shot indoors. 

Currently, Angela remains focussed at secondary school outwith training and competition.

Hamish McKay
Age: 15
Discipline: Middle-Distance
Location: Aberdeen City
Performance Record

A new addition to the academy in 2020, Hamish joins off the back of an impressive 2019-20 cross-country season, having attained Scottish Schools selection for international representation. Over the course of the season, Hamish led his peers to team medals across district and national championships. 

The Aberdeen secondary school student has made significant progress over the years since joining the club, having now consolidated his place amongst the top athletes of his age in Scotland. 

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