Team Scotland qualifying standards for Gold Coast 2018 and Bahamas 2017 Youth Games could come under threat as almost 600 athletes flock to the Scottish Indoor Athletics Championships at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on Saturday 28 January, the second event in the Team Scotland Series 2017.
With selection windows for both the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games open, the stage looks set for a day of top class action. Ten of Team Scotland’s record breaking Glasgow 2014 team appear on the start-lists, alongside three 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games medallists and a host of Scottish internationals, as both senior and under 17 athletes battle it out for the chance to be crowned Scottish champion.
The Team Scotland Series is a ground-breaking collaboration which brings together Scottish Championship events across 12 Commonwealth Games sports. Part of Team Scotland’s work to support member sports and champion the ongoing success of Scots on the national and international sporting stage, it aims to bring these domestic events to a wider audience, inspiring more Scots to excel.
Jon Doig OBE, Chief Executive at Commonwealth Games Scotland and Team Scotland Chef de Mission for Gold Coast 2018, said:
“The Team Scotland Series is an exciting collaboration between our member sports, aimed at raising the profile of these important Scottish Championships events and the part they play on the road to representing Team Scotland.
“This is the second event in the series and scottishathletics is building on Judo Scotland’s fantastic opening to this new initiative, with what is set to be a highly competitive event. I look forward to seeing more future Team Scotland athletes in action at the Emirates Arena on Saturday, whether they are targeting a place at Bahamas 2017, Gold Coast 2018 or beyond.”
As athletes chase medals, titles and qualifying standards, scottishathletics President, Leslie Roy believes there is plenty to look forward to on Saturday:
“I think we are in for a fantastic day of athletics, with an opportunity for athletes to post a Commonwealth Games qualifying standard and indeed for our younger athletes a Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying standard,” said Leslie.
“Although 2017 is only a few weeks old, we have already experienced some top performances at the Emirates Arena with Laura Muir breaking the British 5000m record just after New Year and then the scottishathletics National Open producing a number of highlights and many PBs.”
Action starts at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 28 January from 10am with the last final taking place around 5.30pm. Tickets are available on the door, priced £5 for adults and free for Under 16s.