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35 More athletes will fly the flag for Team Scotland in Gold Coast

30/11/2017
Sport and physical activity
Issued by Team Scotland

St Andrew’s Day (30 November) was a fitting occasion to announce the next 35 Scots, proud to be flying the flag for Team Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. The cohort includes six past medallists and 21 debutants from the sports of Boxing, Para- Bowls, Shooting, Triathlon and Weightlifting and now join those previously selected in Swimming, Lawn Bowls and Squash.

Boxing name a nine-strong team with Vicky Glover becoming the first Scottish woman to be selected for a Commonwealth Games in the sport. British champion last year, she has recently returned from the World Youth Championships in India where she missed out on a medal only by split decision.

Bronze medallist at Glasgow 2014, Reece McFadden returns to Team Scotland once again and is joined by fellow 2014 representatives Aqeel Ahmed and Scott Forrest. Samoa 2015 Youth Games gold medallist, John Docherty makes the step up into the senior team, having taken the Scottish title in April. Mitchell Barton, Stephen Newns, Robbie McKechnie and Nathaniel Collins, all Scottish champions, complete the line-up. A box-off for the 81kg place is scheduled for December.

Having recently hand cycled her way 2,000 miles from Canada to Mexico, Paralympic Games gold medallist Karen Darke will take to the start line in Gold Coast where Para-Triathlon makes its debut. Since being paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident age 21, the Inverness based athletes has pushed herself in an incredible series of challenges, alongside her sporting endeavours, including crossing Greenland’s ice cap and climbing Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and El Capitan, all using just the power of her arms.

Better known as a track athlete, running the 10,000m at both the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 2017 World Athletics Championships, Beth Potter makes her Commonwealth Games debut as a triathlete. Gold at the Funchal Sprint European Cup in September demonstrates her successful transition to the sport. On the men’s side, there is a return to Team Scotland for Marc Austin, who thrilled the home crowd in Strathclyde Park during Glasgow 2014 as part of a three-man breakaway with the Brownlee brothers, while Grant Sheldon, World University Championships gold medallist last year, is also selected for his second Games.

The eleven-strong shooting team contains a wealth of experience with Ian Shaw becoming the second Team Scotland athlete (along with Alex Marshall) to make his sixth Commonwealth Games appearance. With silver at Delhi 2010 and bronze at Glasgow 2014, he will be looking for another podium position, particularly after taking the bronze medal at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships, held at the Gold Coast 2018 competition venue in Brisbane.

Five time Commonwealth Games medallist Jen McIntosh and younger sister Seonaid will also be in the medal hunt after an impressive 2017. At the European Championships in Baku, both sisters claimed an individual gold before combining with England’s Katie Gleeson to take gold in the team event. It was a similar success story at the Commonwealth Championships as they finished first and second in the Prone event, with Seonaid also claiming gold in the 3 Position.

With a gold, silver and bronze to his name from previous Games, Neil Stirton will be keen to return to the podium, having missed out in Glasgow, while Caroline Brownlie makes her third Games appearance in the Pistol discipline. 20-year-old Aedan Evans, finalist at the 2017 World Junior Championships, heads a list of six shooters making their debut for Team Scotland.

Para bowler Irene Edgar and her Director, David Thomas make a return to Team Scotland having won silver in Glasgow in the B2/B3 Mixed Pairs. Robert Barr, directed by Sarah Jane Ewing, will partner Irene this time around and the pair have already experienced success on the Gold Coast greens, taking silver at the 2016 Eight Nations Championships. In the B6/B7/B8 Open Triples, Michael Simpson is the sole returning member of the team that took 4th place in Glasgow. He is joined by 2015 Singles World Champion, Martin Hunter and 2016 Scottish Champion, Mike Nicoll.

All four weightlifters make their Games debut following a successful Commonwealth Championships, where former World and European record breaking powerlifter Lisa Tobias posted the top Scottish result with 5th in the 48kg category. She is joined by British silver medallist Jodey Hughes, 2015 Australian Champion, Scott Wilson and Scottish U23 record holder Zach Courtney.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, said:

“A massive congratulations to the latest athletes announced to represent Scotland at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“By making it to the top of their respective sports, and being chosen to represent Scotland, they have already done a huge amount to make themselves, and all of us who will be cheering them on, so proud – and I have no doubt that will continue when the Games come around.

“Boxing, para-bowls, and weightlifting have all seen great results for Scottish athletes over the years – triathlon and para-triathlon give the chance to make that success even stronger. I am really excited to see the mark all our athletes make on the Games.”

Today’s selections bring the total number of athletes named to Team Scotland to 68, following team announcements for Swimming and Lawn Bowls in October and Squash earlier this month. Further selections will be made over the coming months with Athletics on 12 December and the full team announced by early March.

SELECTED ATHLETES

BOXING (9):

Name   Hometown / Lives
Aqeel Ahmed
Mitchell Barton
Nathaniel Collins
John Docherty
Scott Forrest
Reece McFadden
Robbie McKechnie
Vicky Glover

PARA BOWLS (7):

Name   Hometown / Lives

Robert Barr
Martin Hunter
Mike Nicoll
Michael Simpson
David Thomas
Irene Edgar
Sarah Jane Ewing

SHOOTING (11):

Name   Hometown / Lives

Aedan Evans
Calum Fraser
David McMath
Ian Shaw
Neil Stirton
Sandy Walker
Caroline Brownlie
Jen McIntosh
Seonaid McIntosh
Sharon Niven
Linda Pearson

TRIATHLON (4):

Name   Hometown / Lives

Marc Austin
Grant Sheldon
Karen Darke
Beth Potter

WEIGHTLIFTING (4):

Name   Hometown / Lives

Zach Courtney
Scott Wilson
Jodey Hughes
Lisa Tobias

ENDS

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Katriona Bush
Head of Media & Communications
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Email: kbush@bshsport.demon.co.uk


NOTES TO EDITORS
• Commonwealth Games Scotland is one of 70 Commonwealth Games Associations who are members of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

• Commonwealth Games Scotland is the lead body for Commonwealth sport in Scotland and is the organisation responsible for selecting, preparing and leading Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.

• The Commonwealth Games is the only multi-sport event in which Scots can compete as Scotland.

• Scotland has competed in every Games since the first Empire Games in 1930 and has hosted the Games three times: - twice in Edinburgh 1970 and 1986 and most recently in Glasgow in 2014.

• Scotland’s most successful Games were at home at Glasgow 2014 when Team Scotland won a record 53 medals (19 gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze) to finish fourth on the medal table.

• Scotland’s most successful Games overseas were in Melbourne in 2006 when Team Scotland won 29 medals (11 gold, 7 silver and 11 bronze).

• The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast Australia 4-15 April 2018.

• In 2018 Scotland aims to select a team capable of having its most successful overseas Games, winning more than 29 medals.

• The selection period for athletes aiming to represent Team Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games opens on 1 January 2017 and closes on 14 February 2018.

• Working closely with Scotland’s national governing bodies of sport and the sportscotland institute of sport, Commonwealth Games Scotland aims to have the best prepared team possible at every Games, creating the right performance environment and giving athletes every opportunity to excel at the Games, as part of a world class sporting system.

• Commonwealth Games Scotland and its member sports rely on investment, including National Lottery support, from sportscotland, the national agency for sport. CGS also actively seeks additional support for team preparations from commercial partners, fundraising activities and the Commonwealth Games Endowment Trust.