PUPILS of two Caithness rural primaries had a surprise VIP visitor on Thursday when Commonwealth Games judo silver medallist Stephanie Inglis dropped in.
The 28-year-old, who last year almost died in a freak road accident in south-east Asia, travelled to Canisbay and then on to Castletown school on behalf of the Sports for Champions charity which aims to inspire kids into sport by giving them the chance to meet top athletes.
The Inverness-based elite athlete won a silver medal at Glasgow 2014 in the women’s judo 57kg event. During a sabbatical from the sport in May 2016 teaching English in Vietnam, she almost lost her life after her skirt was caught in the back wheel of a motorbike taxi taking her to work. After suffering serious head injuries which left her in a coma, she developed complications, with doctors giving her a one per cent chance of survival. But she defied the odds and after £320,000 was raised in a crowdfunding campaign, she was transferred to a hospital in Thailand before being flown back to the UK since when she has made a remarkable recovery.