As part of Team Scotland’s countdown to the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in July, we will be featuring each of the seven sports in which Scottish athletes will be competing.
Next up in our Sport Focus is Athletics which, as a core sport at the Commonwealth Youth Games, has appeared at every edition since their inception in 2000. Team Scotland have enjoyed medal success in Athletics at every Youth Games to date, and for many athletes the Youth Games have been a first step on the path to international success. Current stars Lynsey Sharp, Eilish McColgan, Beth Potter and Chris O’Hare all competed at the Pune 2008 Youth Games before going on to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014 and Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Look out for all things Athletics on the Team Scotland website and social media channels over the coming week as we highlight the sport through news articles, interviews and a wealth of Athletics facts and figures.
Find out more about Athletics at the Commonwealth Youth Games, including the competition format, rules and equipment on our dedicated Athletics page.
Team Scotland 2017
Team Scotland will be represented by 11 track & field athletes at Bahamas 2017, Team Scotland’s largest Youth Games Athletics squad since 2004. Scottish and British U17 indoor record holder and European Youth Championships bronze medallist, Erin Wallace, is joined in the Bahamas 2017 team by fellow Scottish U17 record holders Alessandro Schenini, Adam Clayton and Adam Scott.
The full Athletics team is; Fraser Angus (200m), Adam Clayton (100m), Lauren Greig (200m), Calum Henderson (LJ), Naomi Lang (3000m), Bethany McAndrew (100m Hurdles), Alessandro Schenini (LJ), Adam Scott (1500m), Madeline Silcock (100m), Olivia Vareille (400m) and Erin Wallace (800m / 1500m).
Find out more about the athletes representing Team Scotland in the Bahamas in their Athlete Profiles.
Team Scotland will compete in Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Judo, Swimming and Tennis at the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games which take place in Nassau from 18-23 July.
You can show your support by uploading photos and messages on our supporters page and give Team Scotland’s athletes a boost as they prepare for one of the biggest competitions of their career to date!
The Commonwealth Youth Games
The Commonwealth Youth Games concept was created by Scotland as a development opportunity to give athletes under 18 years of age an international multi-sport Games experience. It aims to bridge the gap between young athletes competing in their own sports specific events and the often challenging first experience of a senior Commonwealth Games.
The first Youth Games were held in Edinburgh in 2000 as part of Scotland’s Millennium celebrations. Athletes from 14 countries competed in Edinburgh and the event quickly proved to be a great success. The Youth Games now attracts entries from all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and has been the introduction to multi-sport Games for a host of international stars.
Find out more about the Commonwealth Youth Games and Team Scotland’s past success in our Youth Games section.