Eilidh Child to captain Scotland at Emirates
5th December 2013
World 4 x 400m relay bronze medallist Eilidh Child is to captain the first ever Scotland team in the Glasgow International Match on Saturday 25 January 2014.
Child will lead a 22-strong team in the first major international event in Glasgow in 2014, as the city gears up for the Commonwealth Games.
The scottishathletics KUKRI Athlete of the Year will line up in both the 400m and the 4 x 400m and is excited to be a part of the eventís history at the Emirates Arena.
Scotland will face Team GB and NI, the United States and a Commonwealth Select in what should be a thrilling start to the track and field year in Glasgow.
'Iím really honoured to be named captain and itíll be an immensely proud occasion for me to lead the Scottish team out at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match,í said Eilidh, who is coached by Malcolm Arnold and who won Commonwealth silver in Delhi.
'There is some really good talent coming through, so it is great for everyone to have the opportunity to compete at the Emirates Arena before the Commonwealth Games.
'It will also give fans the chance to come out and watch some of the athletes they might not have heard of before the summer.
'We donít really get the chance that often to compete in front of a home crowd. I was at this event at the start of this year and it was one of the first times Iíve had that Scottish support for quite a few years.
'People always get behind all the athletes, so to have that opportunity to go out there and show what we can do with a huge crowd behind us will be incredible.'
Child will be joined in the team by European U23 1500m bronze medallist Laura Muir (Andy Young), who lines up in the 800m.
Chris OíHare (Steve Gulley) will return from the United States after a successful collegiate career to wear the Scottish colours in the 1500m after a successful 2013 season which included a new personal best of 3:35.37 in July. A month later, the 23 year old marked his major championship debut with a spot in 1500m final in Moscow.
Jamie Bowie (Piotr Haczek), a teammate of Child, Muir and OíHare in Russia, will be looking to continue his rise up the ranks, doubling up in the 400m and 4x400m relay. Allan Smith (Fuzz Ahmed) competes in the high jump.
British junior 800m indoor record holder Guy Learmonth (George Gandy) will join Bowie in the relay team, while also taking to the track in the rarely run 600m.
The Glasgow International Match will also welcome some of the stars from the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
For the first time in the eventís 23 year history, para-athletes will contribute to the overall team score and Scotlandís Libby Clegg (Keith Antoine) and Stef Reid (Rana Reider) will be looking to post maximum points at the Emirates Arena.
Clegg will line up alongside guide runner Mikail Huggins in the T12 60m after winning double silver at the IPC World Championships, while Reid will compete in the F44 long jump with the aim of replicating the form that saw her leap to silver at London 2012.
Stephen Maguire, Director of Coaching, said: ĎWe all know that 2014 will be a massive year for sport in Glasgow and weíre really pleased to be kicking the indoor season off with a Scottish team at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match.
ĎThere is a strong mix of youth and experience within the team and I believe that having the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd will give the athletes a little taster of whatís to come in the summer.
'I have no doubt Eilidh will be a great captain and Iím sure she will draw from all her experience to bring the faces together, new and old.í
The full Scotland selection will be named in due course.
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Enjoy this British Athletics interview with Eilidh where she looks forward to competing in front of a home crowd - and has a crack at the bagpipes - as her captaincy is announced.