Dylan’s on marks for school return

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TEENAGE New Year Sprint sensation Dylan Ali was given a hero’s welcome at Trinity school when he was invited back to inspire a new generation.

Dylan, who triumphed at the famous professional handicap race, was asked to visit his former school as part of its participation in the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust’s Commonwealth Passport – which challenges primary children to try out a range of activities in the run-up to Glasgow 2014. And 18-year old Ali - whose sporting success began at the age of nine when he won the school sports day – says he was delighted to return to where it all began. “It was magic to go back to my old school and see a few of my old teachers,” he told the Hawick News. “And it was brilliant seeing the kids and talking to them about my running and winning the New Year Sprint trophy.”

The school compiled a slideshow of Dylan, and presented him with a voucher. Nursery teacher Debbie Potts said: “It was nice to have Dylan back, and to congratulate him on what he has achieved so far.”

Dylan, who works at the New Dehli Bar and Saffron Finest Indian Cuisine, has now set his sights on success in the 200m at next Saturday’s national under-20 championships in Glasgow.