Deemed by Colin Jackson to be his natural successor in the 110m hurdles event for Great Britain, he died at the age of 21. Attended Clydebank High School, winning the Eric Liddell Memorial Trophy in 1994 and 1995 whilst representing the school at the Scottish Schools Athletics Association (SSAA) Scottish Schools Championships. Ross moved to Bath to join and take advantage of the superior sports facilities at the University of Bath.
Despite being given an adrenalin injection by doctors at the nearby University of Bath he collapsed and failed to regain consciousness before dying due to complications arising from anaphylaxis at Royal United Hospital, Bath at 11am on 18 June 1999.
Ross had been in contention for the Great Britain men"s team at the 1999 European Cup in Paris, France, but lost out to Tony Jarrett. The event took place the day following his death, with the British team observing a 2-minute silence in his memory and wore black ribbons at the event as a mark of respect.
Dwain Chambers dedicated his victory in the 100m event to Ross and continued to wear black ribbons for the remainder of the season. Then at the 2002 European Championships in Munich, Germany, Chambers dedicated another victory to the memory of Ross.
The 110m hurdles event was withdrawn from the programme at the 1999 Scottish Championships the following week.
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