Team Scotland has marked 50 days to go to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with the selection announcement of 50 athletes across seven sports including badminton, boxing, judo, netball, para-powerlifting, squash and triathlon.
Gold medalllists at Glasgow 2014, Sarah Adlington and Chris Sherrington lead an exciting line-up of 11 judoka and, should either repeat that achievement in Birmingham, they would become the first athlete to win two Commonwealth Games gold medals in Judo. The remaining nine judoka will all make their debut as the sport returns to the Games programme, having not been included at Gold Coast 2018.
With three Games and two medals already under her belt, Kirsty Gilmour is ready to go for further glory on the badminton courts at the NEC this summer. Having recently added a fourth European Championship medal to her tally with silver in Madrid, the Glaswegian is joined by fellow European medallists Alex Dunn and Adam Hall – who took men’s doubles silver – and return to Team Scotland after both making their debut in Gold Coast. Julie MacPherson and Eleanor O’Donnell are also back for a second Games, with a further four athletes making debuts.
Boxing holds the accolade of being the only sport in which Scotland has won at least one medal at every Games since the first edition in 1930 and the eight-strong contingent heading to Birmingham look extremely capable of upholding that record. Just a week ago, 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games medallist Sam Hickey secured Scotland’s first European Championships medal for 16 years with bronze in Armenia, with that success coming on the back of Fauldhouse boxer Reese Lynch becoming the first Scot ever to win a World Championships medal at senior level with bronze in Serbia in November.
Para-powerlifter Micky Yule will compete at his third Games and will be looking to add a Commonwealth medal to his Tokyo 2020 Paralympics bronze after fourth place in both Glasgow and Gold Coast. A member of the British Army, Micky was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010, an injury that required more than 40 operations and left him a double amputee.
The squash selections combine youth with experience with Birmingham 2022 a fourth Commonwealth Games appearance for Alan Clyne and a third for Greg Lobban and Lisa Aitken, as they are named alongside Georgia Adderley, Rory Stewart and Douglas Kempsell, all making their debuts. Confidence is high after a sensational World Doubles Championships in April saw Scotland take silver and bronze in the men’s event, bronze in the mixed event and fifth place in the women’s.
Seven of the 12-stong netball team will make their Games debuts in Birmingham in a squad lead by captain Claire Maxwell and Lynsey Gallagher, both competing at their third Games. Emily Nicholl takes on the vice-captain role at her second Games, while Beth Goodwin and Niamh McCall also return from the team that took 9th place in Gold Coast.
In triathlon, Grant Sheldon, Cameron Main and Sophia Green join the already selected Beth Potter and Alison Peasgood. Sheldon will compete at his third Games, while Elgin duo Main and Green make debuts after Europe Cup podium places helped secure their selection.
Team Scotland Chef De Mission Elinor Middlemiss said: “I am delighted to welcome another 50 athletes to Team Scotland, taking our total selected so far to 119. What a special way to mark 50 days to go to the Games.
“It is a real honour to represent Scotland and I am really pleased for the athletes who have been selected. There is a real depth of experience and potential in this squad, and I have no doubt that our more experienced members of the team will actively support those who are making their Games debut.
“The excitement for Birmingham 2022 is now really starting to build and I am really looking forward to watching our athletes in action this summer and hearing the roar of support from our fans in the stands.”
Judoka Sarah Adlington said “It’s a great honour to be selected to represent Scotland at any event but even more so at a Commonwealth Games, I am really excited to compete! It is also another opportunity for the public to see some world class judo. I know there will be a lot of Scottish support in the crowd and this will be great for the all the Scottish athletes.”
Speaking about his selection Micky Yule said “I am very proud to be selected for my third Commonwealth Games, having just missed out on a medal in Glasgow and Gold Coast. I am extremely motivated to a win a medal in Birmingham.”
Thistles captain Claire Maxwell said “We are so excited as a collective to have been chosen to represent Team Scotland in the Commonwealth Games. To be named as Captain of the Scottish Thistles is a real honour and I’m excited to lead such an exciting squad. This team is full of ambitious and driven athletes, and we are working hard to meet our aim of finishing within the top 8.”