Team Scotland Men Setting the Bar High

April 3, 2018

Team Scotland’s Men’s Gymnastics team is looking to improve on their historic result at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, by collecting another medal in the Men’s Team Event – the first of the Artistic Gymnastics events being contested at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Taking place in the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Thursday 5 April marks the first day of Gymnastics competition, with the Men’s Team Final and Individual Qualification taking place across the day.

In Glasgow 2014, the men’s team picked up silver in the Team Event, making Commonwealth history as the first-ever Scottish team to medal in the event.

Looking to replicate this result is Team Scotland’s 2018 men’s team, consisting of Frank Baines, Hamish Carter, Kelvin Cham, Daniel Purvis, and David Weir. With a collective array of medals which include World, British, Scottish and Northern European Championships titles, the team is in the best possible shape to take on the competition.

Frank Baines (22) and Daniel Purvis (27) are no strangers to Commonwealth Games, with Gold Coast 2018 marking their second foray into a Games competition. The final three men are making their Commonwealth debut in Gold Coast.

Kelvin Cham, 19, and one of the youngest members of the men’s team, said: “I’m glad we’re competing fairly early on in the Games schedule as we’ve been in Australia for quite a while now, and we’ve been training so much and we’re all really keen to get started.

“Being at my first Games is really special – this has been my goal for so long and it’s amazing to be here. It’s also great to be here with the other four guys in the team as we’re a close group and it’s nice to have others to bounce off of, especially when they’re going through the same experience as you.

“The competition will be tough. England has a pretty strong team, and obviously Canada and Australia are up there too. However, we’re focussed on our own performances and will go out there and do everything we can to try and win a medal.”

Artistic Gymnastics will be contested between Thursday 5 – Monday 9 April, with Team Scotland competing in the Men’s Team event on Thursday 5 April at 17:00 (08:00 UK time) before the women’s team take to the stage on Friday.

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