Eilidh Child shocked but honoured to captain GB

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Eilidh Child will captain Team GB at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, which start on Friday.

“I’m really shocked,” said the 27-year-old Edinburgh University graduate on receiving the news from the British Performance Director Neil Black.

“It was the last thing on my mind, but I’m really honoured,” said Child, the European Indoor 400 metres silver medallist in Gothenburg last year who decided against competing in the individual event in Sopot because she had missed a month’s training due to an injury at the end of last year.

But she will go in the 4x400m relay where the GB team will be hoping to emulate their outdoor European gold medal success.

“To me the role of captain is to be there for support and hopefully I can add that extra little bit of support and help to keep everyone chilled out and relaxed.”

Black said: “I’m delighted Eilidh accepted the team captaincy role for these championships. At the recent Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match, Eilidh demonstrated her leadership skills when she captained the Scottish team. She is well respected amongst her fellow team mates and I know she will lead by example.

“We’ve got a relatively young team in Sopot and experienced athletes like Eilidh will help integrate the number of new faces in the team.”

Dundee’s Eilish McColgan, who was due to run in the 3000m, has been forced to withdraw from the team as she has not recovered from a recent illness.