Team Scotland is looking forward to welcoming fourteen year-old diver Grace Reid into the Athletes’ Village tomorrow as the final member of the aquatics squad to arrive in Delhi. Unfortunately however, Grace will now be the only diver representing Team Scotland in Delhi, after injury forced 23 year-old twins, Helen and Carol Galashan out of the Games.
Helen has suffered a scaphoid fracture in her left wrist. The initial injury was sustained before attending a pre-Games training camp in Leeds, and the repeated pressure of diving has caused the fracture to rupture. Unfortunately this also impacts on Helen’s twin sister Carol, who was due to compete with her as part of a pair in the 10m platform synchronised event.
Aquatics Team Manager, Derna Campbell said: “We are all really disappointed that Helen and Carol won’t be able to compete for us in Delhi. To suffer an injury so close to a Games is a major blow, but this is doubly saddening as it affects both Helen and Carol. We all wish Helen a speedy recovery and we are looking forward to seeing them both return to action soon.”
Both Helen and Carol have both competed for Scotland at previous Commonwealth Games in artistic gymnastics. Helen competed in Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne in 2006, with Carol joining her sister in Australia. The diving events get underway on 10 October, with Grace competing on 13 October.