19 year old Stephanie Twell, three time European junior cross country champion, World junior 1500m champion and a member of Team GB at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has this week declared her intention to compete for Scotland at international level.
Stephanie was born in Colchester but is eligible to run for Scotland as her mother Isobel is from Paisley. Stephanie’s application was approved by scottishathletics and represents a significant boost for the sport in the countdown to London 2012 and Glasgow 2014.
Twell said: “This is something that we have considered for a year or two and I knew in my heart that I would always opt for Scotland. The time is right for that and my family – in particular my mother, who is from Paisley – are pleased with my decision.
“Whenever I’ve raced in Scotland, I‘ve always been made to feel very welcome, and that’s another reason for my decision.
“I would love to compete in Glasgow in 2014 in a Scottish vest. That’s going to be an amazing experience, but right now I am just concentrating on getting the best out of myself this summer. The women’s 1500m has suddenly become an exciting event in Britain and the competition is extremely hot. I need to work on improving with every race.”
Welcoming the move, Michael Cavanagh, Chairman, Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “We are delighted that Steph has decided to compete for Scotland. She is a remarkable young talent and we look forward to welcoming her as part of the Scottish team at future Commonwealth Games.”
She will next compete in Scotland in the 800m in the televised match event at Grangemouth Stadium on August 26th.