Team Scotland Samoa 2015 Highlights
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Team Scotland had a 100% medal record in both Boxing and Athletics at Samoa 2015 with all four boxers and six track and field athletes winning at least one medal.
- No Athletes Men 34, Women 16 & Total 50
- No Sports participated in 8
- Flag Bearer – Opening Ceremony Craig McLean - Swimming
Samoa 2015 Sport by Sport Highlights
The fifth Commonwealth Youth Games was officially declared open at a colourful ceremony celebrating Samoan traditions and culture held in the Apia Park Stadium. Youth Team Scotland were led into a packed arena by flagbearer Craig McLean to an enthusiastic welcome from the travelling Scottish support.
With Archery included in the Youth Games for the first time, Struan Caughey and Evelina D’Arcy made history, becoming the first Scottish archers ever to compete at this level and acquitted themselves well over the course of the competition. In individual qualification Evelina finished 4th and Struan 5th, before both were eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the non-medal Mixed Team event Evelina and her partner from Barbados shot extremely well to take second place.
It was an exceptional performance on both track and field, as all six of Scotland’s young athletes returned with medals. George Evans had the honour of claiming Scotland’s first medal of Samoa 2015, with Discus silver on the opening day, swiftly followed by sprinters Alisha Rees and Cameron Tindle taking bronze in their respective 100m finals.
Rachel Alexander took bronze in the Long Jump, Carys McAulay a silver in the 800m and Alisha claimed her second medal of the Games with silver in the 200m. Last to perform was 800m runner Ben Greenwood and he responded in style, staying strong in the home straight to claim bronze in a new Scottish record.
Scotland’s boxers are renowned for their success at both Youth and senior Games and Samoa was no exception as the four athletes returned with four medals. The atmosphere inside the arena for the finals was spectacular and Kieran McMaster took bronze in the 64kg event, while Billy Stuart went one better with silver at 56kg. A superb bout from John Docherty (75kg) saw him take a well-deserved gold, before Sean Lazzerini finished the night in style, taking less than one round to overcome his Tongan opponent and secure Scotland’s second boxing gold.
Scotland’s lawn bowlers put in long days on the greens in relentlessly hot conditions. In the Singles, semi-finals places came down to the wire and both players came agonisingly close to progressing, each with three wins from five. In the final group game Darren Weir recorded a convincing win over his Northern Irish opponent, but lost out on a semi-final place on shots. Carla Banks also just missed out to Northern Ireland, in a close 21-20 match. In the mixed pairs event Carla and Darren got off to a fantastic start with a win over England but losses to India, Malaysia and New Zealand ended their hopes of a semi-final place.
Scotland’s young Squash players put in a strong performance against high quality opposition as they faced tough draws in the Singles. Carrie Hallam met the eventual bronze medallist in the opening round, while Richard Hollins, after a dominant display in his first game, came up against the top seed and eventual gold medallist. Both players learned a great deal from the experience and turned their focus to the Mixed Doubles where they finished fourth.
Youth Team Scotland’s swimmers excelled with seven medals, including Scotland’s first gold of the Games from Erin Roberston in the 50m Breaststroke. She also picked up a bronze in the 100m Breaststroke, whilst Meg Finnon opened and closed the swimming medal rush with silver in both the 200m Butterfly on the opening day of competition and 800m Freestyle on the final day. Craig McLean took 100m Freestyle silver and there were bronze medals for Tain Bruce in the 100m Butterfly and Kieran Preston in the 50m Breaststroke as he touched out teammate Benedict Tortolano.
Scotland’s two Tennis players were some of our busiest athletes, spending long days on the court. Their stamina was well rewarded with Ewen Lumsden making all three finals, despite facing opposition up to three years older than himself and Louie McLelland making two of three finals. Ewen took silver in the Men’s Singles and won the Men’s Doubles with his Cypriot partner, while Louie won the Women’s Doubles with her partner from Barbados. The pair then teamed up to take a well-deserved silver in the Mixed Doubles to complete a fantastic tournament.
It was a fantastic opening day for Biatrice Gabell who won silver in the Women’s 53kg with six perfect lifts. She set new Scottish Youth and Junior records in the process and took one of Scotland’s first medals of the Games. Daniel Richardson was another lifter in Scottish record breaking form as he took sixth in the Men’s 69kg, while in the Men’s 77kg Jason Epton put in a strong performance to finish fourth, his total just shy of his own British record.
Team Scotland Samoa 2015
Claudine Jennings, Archery Team Leader
|George Evans||Inverness / Perth|
|Cameron Tindle||Berwick upon Tweed|
Mark Pollard, Athletics Team Leader
Mike Keane, Boxing Team Leader
Ray Gibson, Boxing Team Coach
Lawn Bowls (2)
Colin Hutchison, Lawn Bowls Team Leader
Stuart Crawford, Squash Team Leader
|Tain Bruce||Dalgety Bay|
|Meg Finnon||East Kilbride|
Andy Figgins, Swimming Team Leader
Toby Smith, Tennis Team Leader
|Rowan Morrogh Bernard||Glen Bruar|
Georgi Black, Weightlifting Team Leader
General Team Management (8)
Elinor Middlemiss, General Team Manager
David Somerville, Assistant General Team Manager
Jonathan Hanson, Doctor
Oliver Davies, Head Physiotherapist
Kelly Horne, Physiotherapist
Joni Neilson, Physiotherapist
Gillian Cooke, Press Officer
Catherine Goodfellow, Team HQ Admin Officer