The sixth Commonwealth Youth Games open up in the Bahamas next week – and Team Scotland have now arrived in Nassau.
No fewer than 11 track and field athletes are with the 40-strong team selected by Commonwealth Games Scotland to represent Team Scotland at their first international multi-sport Games.
Olympian Allan Scott, Performance Manager with scottishathletics, is Team Manager for Athletics with the party who travelled from Edinburgh on Friday.
The athletes, aged between 15 and 18 years, will compete for Scotland from 18-23 July in seven of the nine sports on the Bahamas 2017 programme: Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Judo, Swimming and Tennis.
In terms of track and field, next Thursday sees the start of the action for the Bahamas 11. The competition schedule here is on Nassau time (Bahamas is five hours behind British time).
Here’s a reminder of the 11 athletes set to compete (with event, club and age)
Fraser Angus – 200m – Kilmarnock Harriers,17
Adam Clayton – 100m – Giffnock North AAC, 16
Lauren Greig – 200m – Glasgow School of Sport/VP-Glasgow, 16
Calum Henderson – Long Jump – Edinburgh AC, 17
Naomi Lang – 3000m – Aberdeen AAC,17
Bethany McAndrew – 100m Hurdles – Pitreavie AAC, 17
Alessandro Schenini – Long Jump – Giffnock North AAC, 17
Adam Scott – 1500m – Fife AC, 17
Maddy Silcock – 100m – Banchory Stonehaven AC,16
Olivia Vareille – 400m – Falkirk Victoria Harriers, 16
Erin Wallace – 1500m, 800m – Giffnock North AAC, 17
The concept of the Youth Games was created by Scotland in 2000 with the aim of developing young athletes and giving them an early experience of an international multi-sport environment.
It now has a proven track record of uncovering future champions at senior level, with 35 athletes selected for Glasgow 2014 having competed in Youth Games over recent years.