Following an intensive year-long selection period, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with the Scottish Wrestling Association today confirmed the names of the 14 wrestlers who will represent Team Scotland in the XX Commonwealth Games this summer.
Half of the wrestlers selected will be making their debut at the Commonwealth Games, with Gareth Jones making the step up from the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, where he represented Team Scotland in Pune. Brian Harper, Ross McFarlane, Alex Gladkov, Lewis Waddell, Shannon Hawke and Chelsea Murphy complete the list of debutants.
Twins Fiona and Donna Robertson are amongst the seven athletes who have featured at previous Games and they will be hoping that the roar of the home crowd will enable them to improve on the string of fourth places from Delhi. This will be the second Games in a row that the 48kg sisters have wrestled for Team Scotland having made the switch from Judo before the 2010 Games in Delhi. Both have tasted Commonwealth Games medal success with Donna taking Bronze at the 1990 Auckland Games and Fiona replicating her achievement in 2002 in Manchester.
Jayne Clason, Kathryn Marsh, Sarah Jones, Viorel Etko and Joseph Luigi Bianco complete the group who have competed for Team Scotland before.
Victor Keelan, President of the Scottish Wrestling Association, said: “The Scottish Wrestling Association is extremely proud of our athletes selected to compete for Team Scotland in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Through their hard work and the leadership of our national coach Volodymyr Gladkov, we feel we have a strong team to lead us to success in Glasgow and create a legacy for our future wrestlers.”
NAME EVENTS BORN/LIVES
Brian Harper 57kg Stirling/Tullibody
Ross McFarlane 57kg Glasgow/Glasgow
Viorel Etko 61kg Gorodiste/Aberdeen
Gareth Jones 65kg Glasgow/Old Kilpatrick
Alex Gladkov 65kg Lugansk/Glasgow
Joseph Luigi Bianco 86kg Campbell River, Canada /Phoenix, Arizona
Lewis Waddell 86kg Stirling/Alloa
Fiona Robertson 48kg Irvine/Hamilton
Donna Robertson 48kg Irvine/Hamilton
Shannon Hawke 53kg Stirling/Tullibody
Jayne Clason 53kg Falkirk/Grangemouth
Chelsea Murphy 55kg Stirling/Tullibody
Kathryn Marsh 55kg York/Glasgow
Sarah Jones 69kg Edinburgh/Glasgow
Photo credit: Jeff Holmes