Competition is due to get underway tomorrow (9th September) on the Isle of Man, with Scottish athletes featuring in six of the seven Youth Games sports. The rugby 7s competition gets underway on Saturday 10th, but there’s plenty of action scheduled for the opening day.
Boxing preliminary bouts took place today (8th September) at the Villa Marina but no Scottish fighters were in action.
Sport by sport preview (all times GMT):
Tom Holligan will compete in the morning heats (from 1200) of the men’s 100m at the National Sports Centre, with Zoey Clark competing in the women’s 400m. The semi-finals for both events take place in the evening session, which will also see the final of the men’s 100m.
Matthew Carder, Josh Neil, Kirsty Gilmour will line up in rounds one, two and three of the singles competition. Josh and Matt play together, and Kirsty will be joined by Caitlin Pringle for round one of the doubles. The all-day session (from 1045) will also see Matthew and Kirsty; and Josh and Caitlin compete in rounds one and two of the mixed doubles.
Matthew faces Clinton Wong (Canada) in the singles while Josh will play Zulkiffli Zulfadlli (Malaysia) and Kirsty is up against Kayleigh Callow (Isle of Man). In the doubles Josh and Matt play Nathan Choi and Nyl Yakura (Canada) while Kirsty and Caitlin face Reba Fleary and Kristi Reno-Singh (Trinidad & Tobago). In the mixed doubles Josh and Caitlin play Matthew Nicholson and Laura Beggs (Isle of Man). Matt and Kirsty will face Ciaran Chambers and Alannah Stephenson (Northern Ireland).
All five of Scotland’s boxers will compete across two sessions tomorrow at the Villa Marina. In the afternoon (from 1200) Mark McKeown will face Qais Ashfaq (England) before Charlie Flynn fights Charles Lumbwe (Zimbabwe). In the evening (from 1700) Rhys Pagan is up against Ofentse Kompone (Botswana), Kieran Smith fights Luis Valdivia (Canada) and Grant Quigley faces Cory Miles (New Zealand).
The men’s time trial event will take place along the Douglas Promenade on Friday evening (from 1845). Jack Barrett, Grant Ferguson, Taylor Johnstone and Stuart McCluskey will all represent Youth Team Scotland.
Both the men’s and women’s Artistic Team competitions will take place in the afternoon (from 1400) on Friday. Jamie Carpenter, Liam Davie and Douglas Ross will compete in the men’s competition at the Ellan Vannin Gymnastics centre; while Shannon Archer, Cara Kennedy and Carly Smith will feature in the women’s event at the Manx Gymnastics Centre of Excellence.
In the morning heats (from 0900) at the National Sports Centre all ten Scottish swimmers will take to the pool. Kirstin McKinley (100m FS, 4x100m FS relay), Emily Jones (100m breast, 4x100m FS relay), Fiona Donnelly (50m fly, 800m FS, 4x100m FS relay), Rachel Sharples (50m fly) and Charlotte McKenzie (200m back, 4x100m FS relay) will compete in the women’s competition.
Mark Szaranek (400m IM, 50m fly, 4x100m medley relay), Joshua Booth (200m back, 50m fly, 4x100m medley relay), Craig Benson (100m breast, 4x100m medley relay) and Alisdair Stirling (200m FS, 4x100m medley relay) will race in the men’s competition.
Finals for all events will take place in the evening session (from 1800).