Also selected today onto Team Scotland, following their nomination by Scottish Squash and Racketball and ratification by Commonwealth Games Scotland, are squash players Stuart Crawford, Greg Lobban and Kevin Moran. The trio complete the Scotland squash team, joining compatriots Alex Clark, Alan Clyne, Frania Gillen-Buchert and Harry Leitch, whose selection was confirmed in September.
Scotstoun Sports Campus will host 11 days of fast-paced squash action from Thursday 24 July to Sunday 3 August 2014, with five gold medal competitions in Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles and in Mixed Doubles.
Men’s Doubles talent Stuart Crawford, 33, hails from Irvine and is based in Edinburgh where he is the Assistant National Squash Coach. In an illustrious squash career, Crawford is a five-time Scottish Champion, most recently in 2011, and has amassed more than 70 international caps, competing at four World Championships. In 2012 and 2013, Crawford reached the semi-finals of the European Men’s Team Championships alongside Alan Clyne and Kevin Moran. Stuart will team up with Greg Lobban at Glasgow 2014 in the Men’s Doubles, building on their successful partnership as winners of the 2014 Scottish Open Doubles Championship and runners-up in the British Open Doubles Championship.
Greg Lobban, 21, from North Kessock, Inverness now lives and trains in Edinburgh having graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a Sports & Exercise Science and Sports Coaching degree. Lobban burst onto the scene in 2009, captaining Scotland U17 to a silver medal at the European Team Championships, Scotland’s best ever result at this level. Since then, has risen through the ranks, crowned Scottish U19 Champion in 2011, U21 Australian Open Champion in 2012 and Scottish Men’s Champion in 2013. On top of his doubles successes with Crawford, Lobban competes on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Circuit where he has won two titles, including the Geneva Open in March this year and reached a further five finals.
Paisley-born Kevin Moran, 23, is also based in Edinburgh and will compete in the Mixed Doubles event alongside Alex Clark. Moran narrowly missed out on selection for men’s doubles, but has shown his strength and depth in mixed doubles, having competed alongside a number of playing partners. Moran competes on the PSA Circuit and in 2013 he was crowned Scottish U23 Champion. He was also a member of the team which finished fourth in the European Men’s Team Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Scottish Squash National Coach Roger Flynn said: “The competition for Team Scotland’s second Men’s Doubles Squash pairing throughout the selection period has been fierce but the team of Greg Lobban and Stuart Crawford has been working extremely well together and their selection caps a wonderful year to date for them. Kevin Moran is another young star of the future who has shown that he is a natural at mixed doubles. Scotland has a reputation as one of the strongest nations in Doubles and will be looking to medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”
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