Commonwealth Games Scotland has today announced that three further members of the aquatics team have secured selection for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, bringing the total Team Scotland size to 261.
Gregor Swinney, Tom Beeley and Danny Mabbott are the latest athletes to be named in the Team Scotland line-up.
Gregor Swinney, the current Scottish National Champion and recordholder in the 50m butterfly, is set to make his Commonwealth Games debut in the West Midlands. A member of the City of Glasgow Swim Team, the 25-year-old lowered his own record at the Scottish National Championships in Aberdeen at the start of the month, after breaking the record for the first time in April at the British Championships.
Fellow butterfly specialist Tom Beeley has also been added to the team – strengthening Scotland’s fly and relay events. Tom was part of the aquatics squad who travelled to the Bahamas for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games. Currently Tom swims for Plymouth Leander, where he attends university, but grew up in Aberdeen, being coached by Patrick Miley – dad and coach of Hannah.
The addition of Danny Mabbott extends the record breaking number of divers on Team Scotland, from seven to eight. Danny, who trains at the Royal Commonwealth Pool with Edinburgh Diving Club, is just 17 and will be competing at the European Junior Diving Championships in Bucharest, later this month.
Edinburgh Diving Club, who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, have a proud Commonwealth history, with Danny the latest in the long line of divers representing Team Scotland from the club. He joins current Edinburgh teammates, James Heatly, Clara Kerr, Angus Menmuir, Gemma McArthur and Ross Beattie on the team. Danny specialises in springboard events, comfortable from both the 1m and 3m boards.
Commenting on his selection, Gregor said: “I’m immensely proud. I was so surprised when I found out I’d been selected. I’m delighted for my mum and dad because they’ve put so much time, effort and support behind me. Hopefully I can go to Birmingham and make them proud.”
For Team Scotland Chef de Mission, these final selections are a moment of pride and excitement “Congratulations to Gregor, Tom and Danny – what a moment and an achievement for them, and we look forward to watching them compete in Birmingham.
“The announcement of these selections brings our total team size to 261. With less than a month to go to the Opening Ceremony, the excitement is really building now amongst the team. Team Scotland is so much more than medals – it is about competing, team work and pride in representing your country. I have no doubt that all our athletes and staff will do their very best this summer and we will have the strength of a nation behind us every step of the way.”