Following an outstanding Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month, some of Team Scotland’s celebrated medallists will take part today in the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles to spur Team Europe on to victory.
15 medallists including swimmer Ross Murdoch, 400m hurdler Eilidh Child, judoka Euan Burton, lawn bowler Alex Marshall and boxer Charlie Flynn will go on stage at the start of the ceremony to talk about their Commonwealth Games experiences, how they coped with the pressure of expectation and the importance of a vocal home crowd.
The athletes were invited by Ryder Cup organisers, the European Tour to highlight Scotland’s amazing summer of world class events and to recognise the outstanding success of Team Scotland.
Perthshire girl, Eilidh Child a silver medallist in Glasgow, who went on to take the European 400m Hurdles crown two weeks later in Zurich said: “It is a huge honour to be asked to take part in the Ryder Cup opening ceremony. The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were absolutely amazing and to hear the ’Hampden roar’ for Team Scotland was incredible and undoubtedly spurred us on to some great individual and collective team performances. I am sure the knowledgeable Scottish golfing crowds here at Gleneagles will cheer Team Europe all the way round the course and give them that extra edge.”
19 time world title holder and quadruple Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Alex Marshall added:
“With the magnificent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and now the Ryder Cup here at Gleneagles it shows what a great place Scotland is to host international events.
“With the competition ready to get underway tomorrow the atmosphere here is full of anticipation for what is to come. This is when as athletes you have to hold your nerve and focus on your own game and keep everything as normal as possible. Go Team Europe!”
Commonwealth Games Scotland would like to wish Team Europe all the very best of luck as they aim to retain the Ryder Cup.
Athletes attending are:
Ross Murdoch – Aquatics
Michael Jamieson – Aquatics
Elidh Child – Athletics
Charlie Flynn – Boxing
Josh Taylor- Boxing
Euan Burton – Judo
Sarah Adlington – Judo
Sarah Clark – Judo
Kimberley Renicks – Judo
Louise Renicks – Judo
Darren Burnett – Lawn Bowls
Paul Foster – Lawn Bowls
Alex Marshall MBE – Lawn Bowls
David Peacock – Lawn Bowls
Neil Speirs – Lawn Bowls