First Scots athletes named for Commonwealth Games

Scotland's Eilidh Child.  Pic: Getty Images
Scotland's Eilidh Child. Pic: Getty Images
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With 300 days to go until the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the first 27 athletes to represent Team Scotland have been selected.

Scottish Athletics have had 23 athletes named today, alongside four squash players and a total of 19 will make their CG debut in Glasgow.

Scotland’s 800 metres champion Guy Learmonth posted two late qualifying standard performances at the two-lap distance after missing out on the European U23 Championships earlier in the summer much to his frustration. He is one of only two men’s track representatives announced today, along with Chris O’Hare in the 1500m.

Team Scotland is also set to be well represented on the track in the Para-Sport events for the very first time. Libby Clegg will compete in the T12 100m and would love to add to her collection of major championship medals when she makes her debut for Scotland in Glasgow. Educated at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, she won silver at the London Paralympics and then two more silvers at the IPC World Champs in Lyon over 100m and 200m.

On the track, Scotland’s women have had a stellar season with 2010 Commonwealth silver medallist 400 metre hurdler Eilidh Child, Eilish McColgan in the steeplechase and Laura Muir at 800m and 1500m all making their mark.

There is also good news for the women, who have had their 4x400m relay place confirmed, with athletes to be named next year.

The growing strength of Scottish athletes in field events shows in the athletes who also booked their places on the team. They include three Hammer throwers, Mark Dry, Andy Frost and Susan McKelvie (with Mark heading the Commonwealth rankings); four High Jumpers (Allan Smith, David Smith, Jayne Nisbet and Emma Nuttall); two Long Jumpers (Jade Nimmo and Sarah Warnock); and the new Scottish record holder in the Pole Vault, Jax Thoirs. 18-year-old Nick Percy from the Isle of Wight qualifies in the Discus despite having just stepped up to senior level this year. He is a double medallist from the last Commonwealth Youth Games in Isle of Man in 2011.

The four squash players, who have had their selection confirmed, have great experience particularly in doubles events, with three of them having represented Team Scotland before at a total of five Commonwealth Games. After finishing just outside the medals in Delhi, they are determined to go at least one better. Alan Clyne will compete in all three squash events including the men’s singles, whilst Harry Leitch and Alex Clark will compete in doubles and Frania Gillen-Buchert in women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Commonwealth Games and Sports Minister Shona Robison said: “I congratulate the first athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This announcement marks an important step for Team Scotland and I wish all other Scottish athletes good luck.”

Athletes: Susan Partridge, Marathon (Sowerby Bridge); Derek Hawkins, Marathon (Elderslie); Libby Clegg, T12 100m (Newcastleton); Eilidh Child, 400m Hurdles (Kinross); Guy Learmonth 800m (Berwick upon Tweed); Chris O’Hare 1500m (West Linton); Laura Muir, 1500m (Milnathort); Meggan Dawson-Farrell, T54 1500m (Tullibody); Samantha Kinghorn, T54 1500m (Kelso); Eilish McColgan 3000m Steeplechase (Carnoustie); Laura Whittle, 5000m (Loughborough); Stephanie Twell, 5000m (Twickenham); Mark Dry, Hammer (Moray); Andrew Frost, Hammer, (Broxburn); Susan McKelvie, Hammer, (Broxburn); Nicholas Percy, Discus (Isle of Wight); Allan Smith, High Jump (Edinburgh); David Smith, High Jump (Barrhead, Glasgow); Jayne Nisbet, High Jump (Edinburgh); Emma Nuttall, High Jump (Edinburgh); Jade Nimmo, Long Jump (Falkirk); Sarah Warnock, Long Jump (Prestonpans); Jax Thoirs, Pole Vault (Glasgow,)

Squash: Alan Clyne, Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles (Inverness/Edinburgh); Harry Leitch, Men’s Doubles (Edinburgh); Frania Gillen-Buchert, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles (Edinburgh); Alexandra Clark, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles 
(Edinburgh).