CARDROSS has a new sporting champion after a school pupil from the village earned a gold medal at a recent athletics competition.

Daniel Hendry, 10, finished in first place in the TriStar 1 boys’ event at Triathlon Scotland’s National Youth Championships at Bellahouston Park on Sunday, June 23.

The Cardross Primary pupil raced past his opponents in the nine to 10-year-old age group, recording an impressive time of 17 minutes and two seconds to complete a challenging 150m swim, 4k cycle and 1200m run.

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Young Daniel picked up the pace after putting on his running shoes for the final stage of the course, overtaking nearest competitor Fraser Gemmell on the road to finish 17 seconds clear.

The annual event, hosted by Fusion Triathlon Club where Daniel is a member, attracted more than 300 athletes from all over the country aged between eight and 16.

Daniel’s mum Elizabeth said: “Daniel is a member of City of Glasgow Swimming Club, training 10 hours a week at Scotstoun, Drumchapel and Tollcross, and he trains three hours a week with Fusion at Bellahouston.

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“He takes part in regular swim meets and a range of aquathlons, triathlons and open water swimming competitions across Scotland.

“We are very proud of his achievements to date.”