GEMMA SOLE was today handed the chance to make her own mark on a major sporting event.
The daughter of David, who captained Scotland to a rugby grand slam a few months before she was born in 1990, is named among the hosts’ final contingent of athletes for next month’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The 23-year-old goal shooter/keeper is one of two Edinburgh born players in the Scottish netball squad of 12 along with Jo Pettit who has come into the team more recently than Gemma, first capped in 2010.
Scotland will be making a first appearance in the netball competition at the Games following a dramatic surge up the rankings, from 16th three years ago to a current 12th in the world.
Ten days ago the Scots achieved the notable feat of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup.
Also named today are teams from table tennis as well as men’s and women’s hockey.
Additional athletes have also been confirmed across a range of sports.
In table tennis there is a place for Broughton High School PE teacher Craig Howieson among a seven-strong squad.
Captaining the men’s hockey side will be Edinburgh born and based Chris Grassick as Scotland look to improve on ninth place in Delhi having recently acquitted themselves well against England, Argentina and Belgium at a Four Nations event in Glasgow as well as posting a series win over Wales. Other Edinburgh-born players included are forward Ian Moodie and goalkeeper Jamie Cachia.
The women’s hockey squad will be captained by Edinburgh-based Linda Clement but in seeking to improve on their seventh place four years ago they face tough opposition from Australia, England, Malaysia and Wales.
In total Team Scotland will feature 310 athletes split 168 men and 142 women.
Of today’s additional 102 competitors there are calls for Dalkeith’s Greg Louden in the 4x400m relay alongside Capital based Jamie Bowie, another call-up.
Lynsey Sharp is confirmed for the 800m alongside Gullane’s Emily Dudgeon.