Across a busy weekend, Scottish athletes put in some stellar performances both at home and abroad. Here’s a quick round up of the best of the action:
Scotland Women finished 7th at the EuroHockey Championship in Amsterdam following a 3-1 win over Italy and a hard-fought 3-1 loss to England in their final two games. Promoted back into the top division in 2019, the team put in a fine performance against Italy, with goals from Bronwyn Shields; Sarah Robertson and McKenzie Bell. Bell was back on the scoresheet against England with a lovely deflection after Amy Costello fired the ball into the D for Scotland’s sole goal of the match. Head Coach Jen Wilson expressed her pride in her players’ performance throughout the tournament, finishing above their ranking.
What a finish by McKenzie Bell!! 😍🏴 pic.twitter.com/lfR91FpW3r
— Scottish Hockey (@ScottishHockey) June 12, 2021
Strathclyde Sirens are still in the hunt for a top four finish in the Vitality Netball Superleague and a place in the play-offs after a brilliant 53-34 win over Celtic Dragons at the Copperbox Arena in London. Coming into the match in sixth place, they now move into 4th, one point ahead of both Wasps and Saracens Mavericks and two ahead of Leeds Rhinos. All will come down to their final game against Manchester Thunder this Sunday.
— Netball Scotland at 🏡 (@NetballScotland) June 13, 2021
Alison Peasgood (nee Patrick) made it two podium finishes in as many weeks as she took gold in the Women’s PTVI race at the World Triathlon Para Cup in Besancon, France. Her success follows on the back of bronze in last weekend’s World Cup race in Leeds, her first race in 20 months due to illness and Covid restrictions. Guided by Hazel McLeod, Alison was first out of the water and held that lead for a comfortable victory.
There was also Scottish gold at the Europe Triathlon Cup in Coimbra, Portugal as Sophia Green topped the podium in the women’s race. In the leading group after the swim and bike sections, she produced the fastest run of the day to secure top spot and build on her bronze medal from the previous round in Dnipro, Ukraine. Cameron Main was the top Scottish finisher in the men’s race, placing 10th.
It was GOLD🥇 for both @ClaireCashmore in the PTS5 category and @ali_p87 in the PTVI category at the 2021 World Triathlon Para Cup Besancon! Massive congratulations to them on those phenomenal performances.
📸 – @worldtriathlon #paratriathlon #swimbikerun pic.twitter.com/hU1zgU0xyL
— British Triathlon (@BritTri) June 14, 2021
Lesley Stewart was on top form at the Lima World Cup, taking bronze and securing a Paralympics quota place in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3P SH1. With a score of 427, Lesley took her place on the podium with gold medallist Iryna Shchetnik of Ukraine and Wannipa Leungvilai of Thailand.
BRONZE AND QUOTA PLACE!
It was a fantastic performance in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3P SH1 with Lesley securing a final score of 427 🥉 pic.twitter.com/LB9qbIB0yZ
— British Shooting (@GBShooting) June 13, 2021
There was silver for David Florence in the C1 event at the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague having only just made it through to the final as the last qualifier. His time was just 0.24 seconds behind Czech winner Lukas Rohan. There was also silver for Fiona Pennie in the Extreme Slalom – an event which will be introduced to the Olympics at Paris 2024 – narrowly missing out on gold in the final to Austrian Corinna Kuhnle.
⚡️ @David_Florence still got it!
He snuck into the final in the last qualifying place, and it’s C1 SILVER for David at the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague 🥈👏 pic.twitter.com/69Mq8TciXh
— Team GB (@TeamGB) June 13, 2021