Team Scotland’s boxers will be looking to keep up their impressive Commonwealth Games medal record on Australia’s Gold Coast in April. The only sport where Scottish athletes have won at least one medal at every Games since they began in 1930, the class of 2018, with 10 boxers selected to date, will all have their eyes on a podium place.
Look out for all things Boxing on Team Scotland’s website and social channels this week as the sport takes the spotlight in our Sport Focus Series, which features each of the 18 sports on the Gold Coast 2018 programme through athlete interviews, facts & figures, competition news and more.
One of the six sports included in the first Commonwealth Games in 1930, Boxing is a core sport and must be featured in every edition of the Games. Scottish boxers claimed a full set of medals at the 1930 Games in Hamilton, Canada with one gold, one silver and one bronze, with Jim Rolland taking the honour as Scotland’s first ever Commonwealth Games Boxing champion.
Scotland has continued to produce champions with 17 gold medallists to date, including household names such as Dick McTaggart, Alex Arthur and, most recently, Josh Taylor and Charlie Flynn.
Women’s Boxing was first included at the Glasgow 2014 Games, however Scotland did not field a competitor, meaning that Gold Coast 2018 will see Scotland’s first female competitor take to the ring.
Find out more about Boxing in the Commonwealth Games, including the competition format, rules and equipment on our dedicated Boxing page.
Team Scotland have named a strong squad of 10 boxers for Gold Coast 2018 including Glasgow 2014 medallist Reece McFadden, Glasgow 2014 team mates Aqeel Ahmed and Scott Forrest and 2015 Commonwealth Youth games gold medallists John Docherty and Sean Lazzerini. Hamilton based Vicky Glover becomes the first female boxer ever to be selected for Team Scotland at a Commonwealth Games with Mitchell Barton, Nathaniel Collins, Robbie McKechnie and Stephen Newns all making their Games debut.
Click here to meet the full Boxing team for Gold Coast 2018.
A total of 98 athletes have been named to Team Scotland for Gold Coast 2018 to date, with athletes announced in Athletics, Boxing, Beach Volleyball, Lawn Bowls, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Triathlon and Weightlifting.
Further selections, including any final selections for the Boxing team, will take place in February 2018.
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The Commonwealth Games is the only occasion where Scotland gets to compete in a multi-sport event as a nation in its own right and is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since their inception in Hamilton in 1930. Represented by 15 athletes participating in six sports at those first Games, winning a very creditable 10 medals, Scotland have gone on to win medals at every Games since.
Edinburgh became the first city to hold the Games twice in 1970 and 1986 and also became the first city to host the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Scotland hosted the Games for a third time when Glasgow welcomed athletes and officials to the XXth Commonwealth Games which was held from 23rd July – 3rd August 2014. Team Scotland celebrated their most successful Games in history, winning a total of 53 medals.
Find out more about the Commonwealth Games and Team Scotland’s past success in our Past Games section.