Youngest medal winner Erraid Davies, 13, urged to target Rio

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Scotland’s 13-year-old Commonwealth Games hero Erraid Davies has been told she should target the Paralympics in Rio.

The next stop for the Shetland teenager will be age-group national championships in Sheffield next week, but her coach back home sees bigger targets on the horizon.

Davies became an instant Scottish crowd favourite when she won bronze last night in the para-sport 100 metres breaststroke. Already her country’s youngest ever team member at a Commonwealth Games, she finished strongly just behind Australian silver medallist Madeleine Scott in one minute and 21.38 seconds, with New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe taking gold.

“I got a medal and I am so happy,” she said.

When asked what she felt she could achieve in her sport, she said: “I don’t know. I am just going to keep on swimming and see where it gets me.”

But Lorraine Gifford, Davies’ coach at the Delting Dolphins Swimming Club in Brae, Shetland, said: “I think she can go to Rio for the Olympics.”