A triple test of swimming, cycling and running awaits four further triathletes following their selection to represent Team Scotland. Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with triathlonscotland today confirmed the names of the final four triathletes to compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Triathlon was introduced to the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and following an absence at the Delhi 2010 Games, returns with both individual and relay events held at the scenic setting of Strathclyde Country Park.
The Individual Triathlons on Thursday 24 July are the first medal events of the Commonwealth Games. A test of skill and endurance, the event starts with a 1500m open water swim – the equivalent of 60 lengths of a public pool – before a 40km cycle then a 10km run to finish.
Then on Saturday 26 July, making its Commonwealth debut is the Mixed Team Triathlon Relay, a fast-paced tag-team event which sees two men and two women from each country swim 250m, cycle 6.6km and run 1.6km.
Two flat-mates, training team-mates and World Junior Triathlon medallists Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon complete the Team Scotland male triathletes. The inseparable duo, who are also both in their second year studying Mathematics at the University of Stirling, have risen through the Junior ranks together and fittingly both earn their Commonwealth call-up.
Marc was one quarter of the GB Team which won the European Junior Mixed Relay in both 2011 and 2013. Also in 2013, he collected a brace of Bronze medals, firstly at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival then at the European Junior Championships. Marc signed off his junior career with the 2013 World Triathlon Grand Final Silver medal before stepping up to the senior level in time to impress selectors.
Grant will compete on a Strathclyde Park course just a stone’s throw from his family home in Hamilton. Injury curtailed the 19-year-old’s junior career, but he still qualified for three successive European Junior Championships and finished just behind Marc to earn World Junior Bronze. He took Bronze too at the Alicante World Cup in his first senior outing and in 2014 has recorded two top 13 finishes in the World Triathlon Series.
Three-time Scottish Sprint Triathlon Champion Natalie Milne is one of two women who will showcase their talent in the Mixed Triathlon Relay. Natalie trains alongside Marc and Grant at the National Performance Centre in Stirling and is in her second season competing in World Cup and World Series events.
2012 British Triathlon Super Series Champion Seonaid Thompson completes the Team Scotland triathletes. Training full-time at the British Triathlon Satellite Centre in Leeds, Seonaid is a former 800m Celtic Indoor International Champion, converting to triathlon through the sportscotland institute of sport initiative Gold for Glasgow.
This quartet join 2011 World U23 Silver medallist David McNamee, whose selection was confirmed back in October following three top ten finishes in the 2013 World Triathlon Series, securing a second consecutive top 16 placing in the Series Rankings.
Photo credit: Jeff Holmes