Team Scotland Bahamas 2017 Highlights

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Team Scotland won medals in six of seven sports at Bahamas 2017 and came agonisingly close in the seventh as Beach Volleyball finished 4th.

  • No. Athletes Men 21, Women 19 Total 40
  • No. Sports participated in 7
  • Flag Bearer - Opening Ceremony Lewis Johnstone - Boxing
Team Scotland’s Bahamas 2017 Facts & Highlights Medal Count:
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  • Total: 21
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Bahamas 2017 Sport by Sport Highlights

Opening Ceremony

Following an action packed first day of competition in which Team Scotland celebrated their first four medals, the sixth Commonwealth Youth Games was officially declared open at a colourful ceremony celebrating Bahamian culture and its world-famous tradition of carnival parades.

Team Scotland were led into the arena by flag bearer Lewis Johnstone, the first boxer ever to be given this honour, and were welcomed by a fantastic reception from the travelling Scottish support in the stands. For the first time ever the Queen’s Baton visited a Youth Games, brought into the Opening Ceremony by two young Bahamian athletes as part of its journey through all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth on route to the Gold Coast 2018 Games.

Athletics

Erin Wallace was Scotland’s golden girl of the track as she timed her finish to perfection to claim victory in the 1500m in a new personal best of 4 minutes 16.61. Biding her time at the back of the pack as athletes jostled for position in the early stages, she broke away at the bell in a group of four and surged past Kenya’s Viola Chemutai in the final metres to win Scotland’s first Youth Games Athletics gold since 2011. She becomes the second Scottish woman to win this event, following in the footsteps of Morag McLarty, winner in 2004. Erin was back in action in the 800m, finishing in 6th place.

While Erin’s gold was the only Scottish medal on track or field, Alessandro Schenini was just outside the medals in the Long Jump in 4th with a leap of 6.87m, Adam Scott took 5th in the 3000m and there was a 4th place for the Mixed 4x200m Relay team behind Bahamas, England and Botswana. Pick of the sprinters was Fraser Angus, setting a new outdoor personal best in the heats of the 200m and reaching the final where he finished 7th.

Beach Volleyball

Team Scotland’s first ever Beach Volleyball pair’s hopes of a Bahamas 2017 Youth Games medal were dashed at the final hurdle as they fell just short in the bronze medal match against Rwanda.

Topping their pool with wins over Vanuatu and Jamaica, Emma Waldie and Jennifer Lee breezed past hosts Bahamas in the quarter-finals before just losing out in a close tussle with New Zealand in the semi-finals.

They started well in the bronze medal match, looking comfortable and taking the first set 21-15. A close second set left the strong Scottish fan-base on tenterhooks with the lead changing multiple times. Scotland had the opportunity to serve for the match, and the medal, but were unable to seal the deal. Rwanda capitalised and were able to take the second set 24-26.

With the decider looming, Scotland continued to battle on in the soaring heat but it was Rwanda who coped better under pressure to take the final set 15-10.

Boxing

Team Scotland’s boxers were on form once again as they extended their 100% record of at least one medal at every Commonwealth and Commonwealth Youth Games to date. Leading the way was Tyler Jolly who struck gold in the 64kg class with a unanimous victory over Jacob Lovell of Wales. Impressive through the rounds, particularly in his semi-final where the referee stopped the bout in the first round, Tyler becomes Scotland’s third Youth Games Boxing champion after the 2015 success of John Docherty and Sean Lazzerini.

Flag bearer Lewis Johnstone was looking to follow suit in the 81kg category but came up against a tough opponent in Welshman, Sammy Lee, who ran out the eventual winner. Lewis stepped up to receive his silver medal to deafening support from his team mates and the Scottish travelling support in the stands.

Having become Scotland’s first ever female boxer at the Commonwealth Games event, Megan Gordon went one better to become the country’s first female medallist as she took bronze in the 51kg class. Bronze for Taylor Hamilton and Sam Hickey brought Team Scotland’s Bahamas 2017 medal tally to five, a great return from eight boxers.

Cycling

Following a six-year absence for the sport from the Youth Games, all eyes were on the Bahamian roads as Scotland’s three cyclists took to their bikes. History was made as Dylan Hughes won Scotland’s first ever Youth Games Cycling medal with silver in the Time Trial, swiftly followed by Rhona Callander taking the sport’s first gold with victory in the Road Race on the final day of the Games.

In searing heat, the Time Trial saw a 5th place for Rhona and 16th place for Stephen Dent, before the historic silver from Dylan, just 12 seconds behind the eventual winner, Matthew Oliveira of Bermuda.

With temperatures and humidity again soaring on the day of the Road Race, Rhona rode a great tactical race, looking in control of proceedings at all times. As the finish approached, several riders were still in contention and the medal positions came down to a last dash for the line. Rhona put in a stunning final surge, to win, punching the air as she crossed the line just clear of the chasing pack.

Stephen and Dylan were looking to add to the medal tally in the Men’s race but found themselves adrift of the leaders in the oppressive late morning heat. Stephen stayed with the main pack to finish 11th but Dylan was forced to withdraw on the last lap of the race.

Judo

Team Scotland’s most successful sport at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Judo was making its Youth Games debut. Before the evening’s Opening Ceremony had even begun, the team had claimed four medals with Emily Ritchie getting the team off the mark, going undefeated through three contests to claim Over 70kg gold, Scotland’s first of the Games and a first for Judo at a Youth Games.

The medals kept on coming in the second session with Fiona Todman at Under 48kg and Emma Forrest in the Under 57kg category both earning their place in the final and picking up silver.

In the Men’s Under 90kg event, Louis Saez started his competition with a close defeat but showed real grit and determination to bounce back in his next bout. A record of two wins and two losses in his pool was enough to ensure he took home bronze for Scotland.

Connor Wilson and Ryan Quigley both faced tough opposition in their draw with both narrowly missing out on medals. Both battled hard throughout the day and made sure they did themselves and Team Scotland proud.

Swimming

Star of the pool was Scott McLay who, with three gold, one silver and one bronze medal, became Scotland’s most successful Youth Games athlete in history, eclipsing the record medal tally, set at the 2011 Youth Games, by fellow swimmer Craig Benson. Gold in the 50m Butterfly was followed by silver in the 100m Backstroke under an hour later. He was back over the next two days, adding 100m Freestyle gold and Mixed Freestyle Relay bronze, before he capped an outstanding Games with gold in the 50m Freestyle on the final day of competition.

Scott was one of three multiple medallists for Team Scotland in the pool, with Sophie Smith claiming silver in the 200m and bronze in the 100m Freestyle and Emma Harvey taking 50m Butterfly bronze before teaming up with Scott McLay, Anna Fleming and Luke Robins for bronze in the 4x100m Mixed Freestyle Relay.

The relay bronze was one of the Scottish highlights of the Games as Scotland opted for different tactics to their competitors, choosing to use their two male swimmers as book-ends rather than have them swim the opening two legs. The gamble paid off as Luke Robins, screamed on by his team mates and the Scottish support, overhauled a six second deficit on the final leg to touch for bronze in a thrilling finish.

Ending the Games with eight medals – three gold, two silver and three bronze – Swimming was Team Scotland’s most successful sport of Bahamas 2017.

Tennis

On the final day of Bahamas 2017 competition, Hamish Stewart secured a first ever Youth Games Tennis gold medal for Team Scotland with a thrilling victory in the final of the Men’s Singles event.

After a fantastic run through the competition, Hamish faced James Story of Wales in the gold medal match in front of a full house at the Bahamas National Tennis Centre. Showing no signs of fatigue from his tough semi-final match the day before, it was Hamish who took the first set 6-4, displaying determination and grit when it proved crucial.

With the first set in the bag, Hamish got off to a fantastic start in the second, instantly breaking his opponent’s serve in the opening game. The Scot showed incredible character to hold serve for the remainder of the second set. As temperatures soared on Centre Court, Hamish remained focused and ensured there was no mental lapse on his way to securing the game, set, match and gold medal with a 6-4 second set.

In the Women’s Singles, Edinburgh’s Alexandra Hunter played superbly, knocking out third seed Patricia Apisah of Papua New Guinea in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals. She was denied a semi-final place and a chance of a medal by Indianna Spink of England in a close match which ended 5-7 4-6.

Hamish and Alexandra teamed up for the Mixed Doubles, progressing to the quarter-finals where a strong Cypriot pairing, the eventual silver medallists, ended their run.

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