PROMISING local athlete Katie Foss will remain on track for more medals after landing a lucrative sponsorship deal.

The age-group Scottish Schools champion and regular medalist at national level is tipped for the top by many in the sport.

And the 14-year-old's recent successes caught the attention of Carluke-based company JM Services, who already sponsor Katie's Law and District club.

Katie's mum Hazel told us: "JM Services wanted to help Katie achieve further success by offering her a sponsorship.

"They see her as a promising young athlete, and their sponsorship will help Katie immensely with purchasing essential training kit plus travel costs and entry fees to major competitions."

Katie, who lives in Biggar, has been a member of Law and District AAC since she was nine.

Her breakthrough came after moving to Mike Love’s Sprint Development Squad when she was 12.

And her twice-weekly training sessions at the John Cummings Athletics Track quickly began to pay off.

After winning bronze over 300 metres at the West District Championships in 2016 as a first year U15, she went on to claim bronze at the Scottish Indoor Championships the following year over the same distance.

Her improvement continued into last summer with gold at the West District Championships in Kilmarnock with a Championship Best Performance time.

And she followed it up by becoming the Scottish National Outdoor Champion in August at Scotstoun.

Katie set a new PB of 41.46 at the English AAA Championships at Bedford that same month - becoming the only Scottish girl to reach the final.

Stepping up to Under 17s this year, Katie claimed fifth place in January at the Under 17s Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

But she quickly winning ways in February by becoming the Scottish Schools Indoor U16 300 metres champion.

JM Services boss Jack Mellon, along with his workers and grandson Lewis, presented Katie with a sponsorship package last week.

Hazel added: "Katie’s aim for the future is to continue to train hard with her coach and gain more experience in her sprinting by travelling further afield for competition and with hard work and dedication to eventually wear the Scotland vest at the Commonwealth Games - a goal she feels is very much achievable under the guidance from her coach.

"Jack brought his young six-year-old grandson Lewis to meet Katie and after talking with her about running, he, himself is now keen to get into the sport when he’s older.

"Katie would like to thank JM Services for this great opportunity and is so appreciative of their backing in her athletic journey."