Motion marks county sprint star’s latest award success

Dunbar athletics star Maria Lyle’s latest success in being named the first-ever Evening Times’ Young Scotswoman of the Year has been recognised in a motion at the Scottish Parliament.

The local sprinter’s accolade followed her outstanding success which has seen her become a World and Paralympic medallist and world record holder, as well as adding European gold and a Commonwealth Games silver to her medal collection last year.

Iain Gray MSP, who has tabled the motion, said:

“I first met Maria when she had only just embarked on her athletics career and it’s been a real privilege to follow her growing success since. Her determination and commitment to her sport has been inspirational to many other young people in Scotland. She thoroughly deserves this latest recognition of her efforts and I’m pleased to be able to mark her success in the Scottish Parliament as well.”

The full motion reads as follows:

That the Parliament congratulates the Dunbar athlete and Public Petitions Committee team member, Maria Lyle, on being named the first-ever Evening Times Young Scotswoman of the Year; notes that the award was made in recognition of her outstanding achievements in athletics over recent years, which has seen her become a World and Paralympic medallist and world record holder, as well as adding European gold and a Commonwealth Games silver to her medal collection in 2018; notes that Maria has also become patron of the excellent local charity, East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme, and has been a role model in speaking out about living with cerebral palsy and her own experiences with mental health issues, and commends her on this latest significant achievement.