Team Scotland will have a second female boxer at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games following the selection of Elgin teenager Megan Gordon.
18-year-old Megan became the first female boxer in history to represent Team Scotland at any Commonwealth Games event, as she took bronze at the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games in July. She now steps up to the senior ranks and joins Glasgow’s Vicky Glover as one of Scotland’s first female boxers at the main Games.
Scottish Youth Champion for 2017, Megan narrowly missed out on adding the British Youth title, having to settle for silver on a split decision in the final. Building on her Youth Games success Megan was back in international action in September, winning silver at the Silesian Tournament in Poland.
Eager to make her senior Games debut, competing in the 45-48kg category in Gold Coast, she said: “When I got the phone call I was so excited. Going to the Youth Games was such an experience and really made me want to progress onto the senior Games, it’s such a big opportunity and something I’ve always wanted.
“I made so many friends from other sports in the Bahamas, but it will be nice to have another girl to experience the boxing side of things with this time around. Vicky and I have been at several events and training camps together and it would be great if we could both come back from the Gold Coast with a medal.”
Fraser Walker, Chief Executive at Boxing Scotland added: “Huge congratulations to Megan on her selection. It is a historic moment to be sending Scotland’s first female boxers to a Commonwealth Games and to now have a second woman on the team is fantastic news for the sport. We now have eleven boxers heading to Gold Coast and we are confident they will continue boxing’s past success and return with a number of medals.”
Chef de Mission Jon Doig OBE, said: “We are delighted to confirm Megan’s selection to Team Scotland. She was one of the stars of the Youth Games and we are sure she will step up again and make a big impact in the Gold Coast.”
Megan’s selection brings the total number of athletes named to Team Scotland to 118.
Further selections across a range of sports are under consideration, with the full team due to be confirmed in March.