It was the penultimate day of Trinbago 2023 and Team Scotland had lots of athletes in action across both Trinidad and Tobago, with plenty medals added to the tally.
Up first our Beach Volleyball pair were up against Bermuda in the 7/8th place playoff match. With Bermuda taking the first set, the girls started the second set with purpose gaining a 6 point lead. They used this momentum to take the second set 21-16, with some brilliant points from both players. With the Scottish fans in the crowd (mostly the Men’s Rugby 7s team there to support), Iona and Sasha played some fantastic aces and shots to take the third and final set 15-11 and winning the game 2 sets to 1. After a tough draw in the competition, finishing in 7th place is a brilliant achievement.
Our Fast5 Netball girls had their final group stage match of the tournament against Canada in the morning, with a place on the line for the semi-finals. With a strong first half, the girls kept their composure and took the game 24-2 and booked a spot in the semis against South Africa later on in the evening. A formidable opponent awaited the girls, with some strong shooters in the South African team, the game was going to be tough. The team played well and shooters Niamh Trainer and Heidi Dawson, made some great shots under a lot of pressure and noise from the crowd. Unfortunately the girls lost the game 51-20, but still have a shot at the Bronze medal, where they will face old rivals England.
In Athletics, Lidya Woldeselassie jumped a huge personal best of 2.49m in the T35-38 long jump to finish 6th. Dean Patterson cruised into the 200m final, posting the fastest time in both the heats and semi-finals with 21.32 and 21.15. Caleb McLeod is also safely through to tomorrow’s 800m final, running a well judged race to take one of the three automatic qualifying slots in his semi-final in 1:53.38.