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Young Scots finalist

Shaun Alderman.

A YOUNG man from Shetland has been shortlisted as a finalist in the sports category of this year’s Young Scots awards.

Shaun Alderman, from Vidlin but who now lives in Edinburgh, has been representing Scotland at international fencing events all over the UK and at the junior Commonwealth Games in South Africa.

The 19-year old has been fencing has been fencing since he was six years old and was first selected for Scotland at 16, when he was made captain of the men’s foil team at the UK school games.

He used to have to travel to competitions by leaving Shetland on the overnight boat to Aberdeen before setting off to his final destination.

Now studying music in Edinburgh and training at the two best clubs in Scotland, Alderman has his eyes on getting selected for Team GB.

The Young Scot Awards recognises the achievements of Scotland’s young people across 12 different categories.

The organisation’s chief executive Louise Macdonald said: “This year we received hundreds of amazing stories of young people going above and beyond to improve lives in their communities and I’m looking forward to the Young Scot Awards winners being announced at the red carpet event on 27 April.”

The event will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.