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Scotland are an increasing force on the Commonwealth stage having jumped from 6th place and 32 medals in the innaugural youth games to a higly competitive 4th place and 52 medals in the 2004 games in Bendigo, Australia. Only the hosts, England & South Africa finished above them, with SA just 4 medals (though eight golds) better.Team Scotland will be participating in eight event categories at the games, surprisingly it is Tennis, from the land now known for top-10 player Andy Murray, that the Scots are skipping. With only a 44 member squad, and an increased participation from across theÂ Commonwealth, the Scots could struggle to better their performance from the previousÂ editions (remember now an athlete can participate in a maximum of two events).
Amongst the team are some star offspring with a strong family tradition for Commonwealth Games success to uphold. Eilish McColgan in the 1500m, Lynsey Sharp in the 800m and Jennifer McIntosh in smallbore shooting are some athletes that the whole of Scotland will be keeping a special eye on. Also keeping an eye on the kids will be a 16 member strong staff contingent led by Lisa Allan.
Scotland has a fantastic sporting development culture led by six very strong sporting institutes. Apart from identifying talent and grooming them from a young age, these institutes deliver essential support services including sports medicine, sports science, strength and conditioning, and career and lifestyle guidance. Established in 2001 soon after the Youth games were held in Edinburgh, these institutes currently support 370 athletes.
Team Scotland's participantsÂ across events is as follows:
Women: Lisa Glover, Caitlyn Mackie, Eilish McColgan, Myra Perkins, Beth Potter & Lynsey Sharp
Men: Daniel Carlin, Chris O'Hare, Calum Innes & Callum Sharp
Martin Campbell, Angus Gilmour, Craig Pollock & Paul Van Rietvelde
Sean Finney, Steven McAllister, Robert McKee, Jonathan Slowey, Ryan Smith & Josh Taylor
Kay Copland, Catriona McGregor, Jennifer McIntosh,Â Rory McAlpine & Ben Wilson
Lucy Ellis, Sara Hamilton, Megan Gilchrist, Robyn Mathews, Sally Wood, Ewan Johnstone, Andrew Haslett, Iain Scanlon, Daniel Scott & Douglas Scott
Table Tennis (2)
Craig Howieson & Craig Hardie
Amy Hamilton, James Burley & Dylan Scott
Gareth Jones, Keiran Malone, Craig McKenna & Connor Evans
Our special thanks to Rob Eyton-Jones from Team Scotland for helping us with the information we needed to put this together.