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Scotland to face GB at Emirates Arena

Scotland to face GB at Emirates Arena

5th November 2013




Scotland will be represented for the first time at the Glasgow International indoor match at the Emirates Arena in January.



And our team of local heroes and heroines will face up to GB and NI, the United States and a Commonwealth Games Select in what should be a thrilling match.



It is a brilliant opportunity for a team of 28 athletes to represent Scotland at the start of Commonwealth Games year and gain valuable international experience in front of a sold out, passionate home crowd at the Emirates.



There were eight Scots involved in the Emirates fixture back in January this year taking in GB and NI selections (four - Lynsey Sharp, Laura Muir, Stef Reid, Libby Clegg) and the Commonwealth team (four - Eilidh Child, Allan Smith, Jade Nimmo, Lee McConnell).



Now, for the first time in the event’s 23-year history, a Scotland team will be included in the first major international sporting event in the city in 2014.



Stephen Maguire, scottishathletics director of coaching, said: ‘Clearly 2014 is a big year for the city and the Glasgow British Athletics International Match will be the first time that supporters can see a Scottish team in action before the Commonwealth Games.



‘This will not only form a part of the event’s history, but it hopefully it will also show that Scotland has the strength to compete with some of the best athletes in the world.



‘There is a great buzz around the city and I can see no better way to start the year in front of a big home support at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match.’



Eilidh Child and Laura Muir have already been confirmed by British Athletics as taking part and, while teams won’t be announced until early in the New Year, it is expected that Scotland will field as strong a team as possible depending on fitness, availability and competition programmes. Decisions will of course be made in consultation with coaches.



British Athletics has also confirmed that following the successful integration of four Para-athletics events into the meet last year, stars from the London 2012 Paralympic Games will once again return to the Emirates Arena in January. For the first time the Para events will contribute to the overall team points tally.



British Athletics Paralympic Head Coach Paula Dunn said: ‘The Paralympic Games last year has really raised the profile of the sport in this country and we are committed to ensuring that Para-athletics continues to capture the hearts and minds of the nation.



‘International events such as the Glasgow British Athletics International Match are also massively important to the development of our athletes as we prepare for major championships such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the IPC European Championships in Swansea next year.’



The Glasgow British Athletics International Match scoring system will be as follows:



First place: 4 points



Second place: 3 points



Third place: 2 points



Fourth place: 1 point 



Fans can register for tickets for the 2014 British Athletics Series by visiting
http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/ 



Tickets go on general sale on Thursday 7 November

















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