1996 saw one of the most successful years in recent history with no fewer than 18 athletes being represented in the rankings and a record breaking 28 Championship medals being won.
Pride of place however goes to the Hugh McMaster coached athletes, Kimberly Canning and Colin McMaster. In the Under 15s, Kimberly Canning won the District Championships in a time of 25.82secs, the Scottish Championships in a time of 25.63sec, the Indoor Championships in a time of 25.8secs and finally to put the icing on the cake she was crowned the AAAs Champion putting her as one of the most talented young sprinters in the UK. Not surprisingly she ended up at the top of the Scottish Rankings for the 200m for her age group and 13th in the Senior Womens. She also broke her own National Indoor Record with a time of 25.42secs.
Not to be outdone, Colin McMaster almost had an identical record to Kimberly. He won the District Championships with a jump of 1m 90cm, the Scottish Championships with a jump of 2m 05cm and then also won the AAAs Championships. He finished the season on top of the Under 17 rankings and also 4th in the Senior Men. He too also broke the National Indoor Record with a jump of 2m 01cm.
Having made his first appearance last year Frankie Murphy appeared in the rankings in no fewer than 6 events and also won 6 championship medals throughout the season, a record for any Law athlete. He won gold in the Shot Put at the National Indoor Championships, took silver in the National and District Shot Putt and National Javelin, and bronze in the National Discus and District 200m. In the rankings his highest position was 2nd in the Javelin.
It was a first appearance for David Campbell who won the National Pentathlon Championships and also topped the rankings. Another debutant, Scott McCarron, made four appearances in the Under 20 rankings finishing 19th in the 100m, 17th in the 200m, 9th in the 400m and 12th in the 400m hurdles.
It was also encouraging to see Kimberly canning being joined by Alison Bennett in both sprints with Alison finishing 19th i the 100m and 18th in the 200m.
It is also good to see such a good crop of youngsters coming through, especially at Under 13 level with the boys finishing 13th in the 4x100m, 3rd in the 4x200m, 2nd in the 4x400m and 1st in the 3x800m relay, the event which they picked up the National Title at.
Alaister Russell continued to make his yearly appearance in the rankings and was joined this year by Ian McFarlane, Jamie Reid and Tom Semple.