Commonwealth Games Scotland today confirmed its final team line-up for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, announcing a record 310 athletes who have met the selection standards to represent the nation at this summer’s home Games.
The announcement includes the latest 102 athletes selected this week from eight sports. Sports newly announced today include Netball (12), Hockey (32) and Table Tennis (7), whilst additional athletes have been selected in Swimming (4), Athletics (31), Cycling (4), Shooting (8) and Triathlon (4). Athletics also name a replacement in the Marathon for the injured Freya Ross who withdrew earlier this week.
Nearly a third of the team (94) were involved in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, with 15 winning medals for Team Scotland in six sports: Eilidh Child, Steph Twell, Robbie Renwick, Hannah Miley, Josh Taylor, David Millar, Jenny Davis, Charlene Joiner, Jonathon Hammond, Jen McIntosh, Neil Stirton, Angus Macleod, Ian Shaw, Shona Marshall, Peter Kirkbride. The strength in depth of the team is further underlined with the inclusion of eight more medallists from previous Commonwealth Games as far back as 1990: Donna Robertson, Sarah Clark, Fiona Robertson, Caitlin McClatchey, Adam Cox, Margaret Letham, Alex Marshall and Paul Foster.
21 athletes have an Olympic pedigree with 19 of them competing in London in 2012, with three Olympic medallists amongst them in Craig MacLean (2000), Emily McGuire (2012) and Daniel Purvis (2012). Craig MacLean uniquely also holds a Paralympic Gold medal from London 2012 as a Cycling pilot, whilst Neil Fachie and Aileen McGlynn from Cycling, Libby Clegg and guide Mikail Huggins from Athletics are also Paralympic multi-medallists.
The longest serving team members are from Lawn Bowls, with Alex Marshall and Margaret Letham both embarking on their fifth Games, holding three Gold medals between them. Margaret from Bothwell, at 58 years old is also the oldest member of the team. Taking the spot for the youngest team member of all time is 13 year old Erraid Davies, a Para-Sport Swimmer from Shetland. She will be a year younger than diver Grace Reid, who was 14 years and 5 months when she competed in Delhi in 2010.
The team of 310 is split 168 men and 142 women, which is encouraging news in terms of the gender balance, with the percentage of women increasing from 43% in 2010 to nearly 46% this year. In Athletics, and Weightlifting more women have been selected than their male counterparts. A total of 204 athletes will be making their Games debut.
Also showing their valuable contribution to the development of athletes in the Glasgow 2014 team are the Commonwealth Youth Games and the Achieve 2014 programme which ran in Delhi. 35 selected athletes have competed in the Youth Games over recent years, whilst 10 athletes, three coaches and six support staff from the Achieve programme have made the step up to Team Scotland this year. We are delighted that these opportunities will continue, with the next Youth Games in Samoa in 2015 and the next iteration of the Achieve programme being run in Glasgow thanks to the support of Games and Team Scotland sponsor, Search Consultancy. In addition, 10 former athletes are now members of staff and will have invaluable experience to share with the current crop of athletes.
The team of twelve netball players announced today will make Team Scotland’s first ever appearance in the Netball competition at a Commonwealth Games. Currently placed 12th in the World, Scottish netball has seen a huge rise in its ranking improving from 16th back in 2011. With confidence high following qualification for the 2015 World Cup ten days ago, Lesley MacDonald’s side are aiming for a top eight finish in Glasgow.
In Hockey, Scotland will be looking to use home support at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green, to build on their previous Games outings and be competitive against some of the top hockey nations in the world. The men’s side, captained by GB player Chris Grassick, will be looking to improve on Scotland’s 9th place finish in Delhi, after credible showings recently against England, Argentina and Belgium at the Men’s 4 Nations in Glasgow and a series win over Wales. The women’s team, led by the experienced Linda Clement is preparing for some tough opposition in Australia, England, Malaysia and local rivals Wales and are aiming to better their 2010 7th spot.
Triathlon was introduced to the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and following an absence at the Delhi 2010 Games, returns with both individual and relay events held at the scenic setting of Strathclyde Country Park. The Individual Triathlons on Thursday 24 July are the first medal events of the Commonwealth Games and Team Scotland have called-up World Junior medallists Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon for the men’s competition, to complement the experienced David McNamee selected last October. Then on Saturday 26 July, making its Commonwealth debut is the Mixed Team Triathlon Relay, a fast-paced tag-team event will see two of the men joined by three-time Scottish Sprint Triathlon Champion Natalie Milne and 2012 British Triathlon Super Series Champion, Seonaid Thompson for the 250m swim, 6.6km cycle and 1.6km run.
A team of seven players (four men and three women) have been selected to represent Team Scotland at Table Tennis, a relative newcomer to the Games. It was introduced in Manchester 2002 and has been in the Games ever since. Strong results at the 2013 Commonwealth Championships secured team places for both men and women and demonstrated that they can raise their game when it counts.
With a final push by athletes to achieve selection standards over recent weeks, Athletics, Swimming and Cycling have all increased their already largest teams to date, whilst Shooting doubled the number selected last October. Athletics becomes the biggest single sport with 58 athletes now on their way to Hampden Park.
Congratulating all the athletes, Commonwealth Games Chairman Michael Cavanagh said: “When the selection period opened just over a year ago, we laid down a challenge to the athletes to meet the tough selection standards required to be selected for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014. The lure of a home Games and the chance to compete in front of friends and family at the biggest multi-sport events to be held in this country has inspired so many to achieve above and beyond the standards required. I wish everyone all the best in their final preparations and look forward to some equally impressive performances in Glasgow.
“I would also like to thank all our partners in sportscotland, the national agency for sport and our member sports governing bodies for working closely with us to ensure that the selection process has been conducted fairly and smoothly and that the athletes are in the best possible shape for the final phase of our collective Commonwealth Games journey that has been 12 years in the making.”
Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Jon Doig added: “Our aim was to select our largest team ever meeting the tough selection standards and clearly athletes in all sports have risen to the occasion. This however is just the first step and our focus now turns to ensuring we are the best prepared team ever, capable of delivering our best ever performance, competing with distinction across all sports. Looking at the athletes we have selected I am confident that we can achieve our target of at least 34 medals.
“Thanks also to Glasgow 2014 and the other Games partners, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government, for working closely with us to ensure that our vision of an athlete centred Games will be realised.”
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said: “Congratulations to all of Team Scotland’s athletes, this is an incredible milestone in your career. Stepping out in front of a home crowd will be an extraordinary experience, a shared moment with the people of Scotland that will be remembered for years to come.
“These are our athletes representing all of Scotland at what will be the greatest Games ever. Backed by the enthusiastic and loud Scottish fans, encouraging Team Scotland towards to their most ambitious medal target ever, this is going to be a spectacular Games for Scottish sport.
“It’s not just the athletes who have been working hard in preparation for the Games. An integral part of Team Scotland are the coaches, specialists, trainers and families who have helped and supporting athletes behind the scenes. They deserve recognition too, as do the volunteers and people working in the community to find the Team Scotland of the future.
“sportscotland and the Scottish Government have made more resources than ever available to support high performance athletes in Scotland, ensuring Team Scotland is ready and prepared for the challenge of the Commonwealth Games.”
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “Over the last few weeks and months we have seen Team Scotland grow, to the point that today the full team of 310 athletes has been unveiled, all determined to represent their country as best they can, in front of proud supporters, in first-class sporting venues.
“Every single one of these athletes has made the team because they have reached the levels required to compete in word-class sport. We are able to prepare world-class athletes across a range of individual and team sports thanks to the collaboration between the high performance support services provided by our experts and practitioners at the sportscotland institute of sport and the Scottish governing bodies of sport.
“With world-class experts working with world-class athletes, we have every reason to be excited about Team Scotland’s prospects at what promises to be the best ever Games.”
NEWLY SELECTED ATHLETES
Jack Ness 50m Backstroke
Duncan Scott 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Craig Rodgie S14 200m Freestyle
Erraid Davies SB9 100m Breaststroke
ATHLETICS (31 +1 replacement = 32)
Christopher Bennett Hammer
David Bishop 1500m
Raymond Bobrownicki High Jump
Jamie Bowie 4x400m Relay
Luke Caldwell 5000m & 10,000m
James Campbell Javelin
Lewis Clow T37 100m
Callum Hawkins 10,000m
Andrew Lemoncello 10,000m
Stephen Lisgo 3,000m Steeplechase
Greg Louden 4 x 400m Relay
Jason Maclean T37 100m
Angus McInroy Discus
Grant Plenderleith 4x400m Relay
Kris Robertson 4x400m Relay
Jake Wightman 1500m
Zoey Clark 4x400m Relay
Emily Dudgeon 800m
Rachel Hunter Hammer
Kirsty Law Discus
Rachael MacKenzie High Jump
Kirsten McAslan 4x400m Relay
Gemma Nicol 4x400m Relay
Henrietta Paxton Pole Vault
Myra Perkins Hammer
Elizabeth Potter 10,000m
Diane Ramsay 4x400m Relay
Alison Rodger Shot Put
Lynsey Sharp 800m
Eleanor Waite 3000m Steeplechase
Kirsty Yates Shot Put
*Joasia Zakrzewski Marathon
* Replaces Freya Ross withdrawn injured.
Jack Pullar Road Race
Lucy Coldwell Time Trial
Kerry MacPhee Mountain Bike XC
Gemma Neill Road Race
Kenneth Bain Forward
Michael Bremner Defender
Jamie Cachia Goalkeeper
Daniel Coultas Defender
Alan Forsyth Forward
David Forsyth Defender
Chris Grassick Midfield – Captain
Gareth Hall Forward
William Marshall Defender
Gordon McIntyre Midfield
Ian Moodie Forward
Christopher Nelson Midfield/ Forward
Nicholas Parkes Midfield
Iain Scholefield Defender
Niall Stott Midfield
Ross Stott Midfield
Gary Cameron Defender/ Midfield
Gavin Somerville Goalkeeper
Alison Bell Forward
Vikki Bunce Midfield/ Forward
Linda Clement Forward – Captain
Aileen Davis Defender
Leigh Fawcett Defender – Vice Captain
Amy Gibson Goalkeeper
Nikki Kidd Midfield
Nikki Lloyd Forward
Emily Maguire Midfield
Susan McGilveray Defender
Morag McLellan Midfield
Catriona Ralph Defender – Vice Captain
Sarah Robertson Forward
Nicola Skrastin Midfield
Rebecca Ward Defender
Ailsa Wyllie Forward
Nicki Cochrane Goalkeeper
Holly Cram Forward
Alison Howie Defender
Rebecca Merchant Midfield
Claire Brownie Wing Defence/ Centre
Karin Connell Wing Attack/ Centre
Rachel Forbes Goal Defence/ Wing Defence
Lynsey Gallagher Goal Attack/ Goal Shooter
Lesley MacDonald Goal Shooter/ Goal Attack – Captain
June McNeill Goal Keeper/ Goal Shooter
Fiona Moore-McGrath Wing Defence/ Centre
Hayley Mulheron Goal Keeper/ Goal Defence – Vice Captain
Samantha Murphy Centre/ Wing Attack/ Wing defence
Jo Pettitt Goal Shooter/ Goal Attack
Gemma Sole Goal Shooter/ Goalkeeper
Fiona Themann Goal Keeper/ Goal Defence
Drew Christie Clay Target – Skeet
Alan Goodall Pistol – 50m Pistol
John MacDonald Clay Target -Trap
David Owen Pistol – 10m Air Pistol
Jonathan Reid Clay Target – Trap
Alan Ritchie Pistol – 10m Air Pistol, 50m Pistol
Sarah Henderson Small Bore Rifle – 50m Prone, 50m 3P
Seonaid McIntosh Small Bore Rifle – 10m Air Rifle
TABLE TENNIS (7)
Sean Doherty Team Event
Niall Cameron Team Event
Craig Howieson Team Event /Men’s Doubles
Gavin Rumgay Team Event /Men’s Doubles
Gillian Edwards Team Event
Lynda Flaws Team Event
Corinna Whitaker Team Event
Marc Austin Individual, Mixed Team Relay
Grant Sheldon Individual, Mixed Team Relay
Natalie Milne Mixed Team Relay
Seonaid Thompson Mixed Team Relay