Edinburgh squash player Carrie Hallam is among the latest 12 athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa later this year.
Commonwealth Games Scotland have also named competitors in archery, boxing and weightlifting, bringing the total number of athletes picked so far to 20. Hallam, a previous winner of the Irish and Italian Open, is hoping that the Games will help her realise her ambition to be a senior athlete for Scotland one day.
“For squash players, experiencing multi-sports Games is a unique and infrequent opportunity,” said the 17-year-old. “The Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle of my sport, so Samoa will act as a stepping stone to prepare and inspire me to play for my country as a senior athlete, which is my ultimate goal.”
Joining Hallam in Team Scotland’s line-up will be fellow squash player Richard Hollins of Aberdeen.
In weightlifting, Pitlochry’s Rowan Morrogh Bernard has been selected along with Ayrshire’s Biatrice Gabell, and Glasgow duo Jason Epton and Daniel Richardson. Elgin’s Struan Caughey and three-time British Junior champion Evelina D’arcy will be the first archers ever to represent Scotland at a Youth Games.
Four boxers, Willie Hutchinson from Lanark, Bellahouston’s Sean Lazzerini, Aberdeen’s Billy Stewart and Kilmarnock’s Kieran McMaster will also travel to Samoa for the event which takes place from September 5-12.