The lightning fast 16-year-old exploded out of his blocks and thundered up the 100 metre track at Grangemouth Stadium to bring home gold at the Scottish Schools track and field championships.

Drew, whose hero is Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, said his win in the under-17 age category has taken him a step closer to his dreams of competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Queensland in Australia.

The sixth year Inverclyde Academy pupil told the Telegraph: “I felt really good going into the competition as I’d done a couple of good training sessions leading up to it and I got a lot of rest the night before.

“On the day I won the heat and then the semi-final so although I was a bit nervous about the final, I felt more confident and I just tried to stay relaxed.” All of Drew’s focus and determination paid off as he cruised to victory, clocking an impressive time of 11.24 seconds.

He said: “I have been struggling to get out the blocks fast but in the final my reaction time was good.

“I then drove forward for the first 15-20 metres and then I got up tall and stayed relaxed.

“When I got to the 75 metre mark I made sure nobody was near me as I shut the race down.

“My mum and dad were there watching and they were ecstatic, but I don’t think it’s sank in for me yet.” Drew’s natural sprinting ability was only recognised when he attended a Scottish Athletics event at Scotstoun stadium two years ago.

The athlete, who lives with his mum Sharon and dad Andrew in Leven Road, added: “My PE teacher Miss Havlin sent me to the Playground to Podium event where I underwent a series of tests to see what sports event I was suited to.

“I then got a letter through the door to say that I’d recorded the fastest time in the 30 metre sprint, so I was put in touch with Kenny Morrison, the sprint coach at Inverclyde Athletic Club.

“I now train with Kenny at Ravenscraig as well as at Battery Park.” Drew, who trains five days a week and has clocked up a personal best time of 10.99 seconds this season, says his latest victory is another step towards his dream of becoming a world class athlete.

He said: “I’m in the Scottish relay team and we hope to make the standard for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and I’d also like to compete in the 100 metres event.

“I also hope to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo with the relay team.”