Jax Thoirs back home and enjoying thrill of competing

HE is doing his level best to explain away the chunky gold ring he is sporting on his left hand.

Perhaps Jax Thoirs, the Scottish pole vaulter, named this week in Team Scotland for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, also has another four gold rings somewhere in his possession and it is something to do with that Christmas song? No, as he patiently explains, it is his NCAA pole vault championship ring, from the 2016 collegiate indoor championships, back last March – when he was doing a sports scholarship and a degree in sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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