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Erin selected; Stef for Glasgow; XC Sessions; Pole Vault GP

Thursday 18th January 2018

Congratulations to Erin Wallace on selection for Gold Coast 2018 with Team Scotland – as a member of the Triathlon Mixed Relay Team.

The Commonwelath Youth Games 1500m champion from Giffnock North AC joins Beth Potter on the team, along with Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon.

All four are of course well-known to the athletics community in Scotland and well done to Erin’s coach, Dudley Walker, and her family and those at the club involved in her development.

‘I was lucky enough to be one of the Queen’s baton bearers leading up to Glasgow 2014 and those Games really inspired me,’ said Erin.

‘At the time people asked if I was thinking about Gold Coast, but I’d never even considered it. I’m very grateful to be given this opportunity and it will be a surreal experience in an amazing place.

‘I’m lucky to have started my Commonwealth experience at the Youth Games in The Bahamas last year and I am very excited about continuing this into the senior Games in a different sport.’

Read the Team Scotland full announcement

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Double Paralympic silver medallist and reigning world champion, Stef Reid, will swap her favoured long jump runway for a first ever major appearance over 60m at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow on Sunday 25 February.

Ranked as the No 1 indoor athletics meeting in the world, the Müller Indoor Grand Prix returns to Scotland having been held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the city alternates hosting with Birmingham up to 2020.

One of a host of British stars at London 2017’s World Para Athletics Championships last summer, Reid was also recently awarded a MBE for her services to athletics following what has been a glittering career thus far.

Of Scottish nationality herself owing to her Scottish father, the 33-year-old will take to the track in a rare sprint appearance in Glasgow, with competition set to be led by fellow British star Sophie Kamlish. Just before Christmas, Reid revealed on Twitter that she was working hard on her sprint starts in a hint towards her New Year plans.

Speaking on competing in Glasgow on Feb 25, Reid said: ‘It’s been a whirlwind 12 months – London 2017 couldn’t have gone any better for me and it was the most perfect setting to win my first world title at home with family and friends.

‘2018 is a year where I intend to challenge myself in different and exciting ways, so to compete in my first ever major 60m race at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow is the perfect way to do just that.’

Tickets for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow are available online

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scottishathletics are pleased to help promote group cross country training sessions taking place in the North and in Glasgow this weekend – ahead of the Lindsays National XC at Falkirk on February 24.

These are good initiatives which is well worth supporting and athletes, coaches and clubs from Glasgow and the west and from across the North are warmly invited to attend and enjoy the benefit of training with a different group.

The second last of these North sessions is on Saturday (January 20) and it takes place in Grant Park, Forres, with the first rep at 10am sharp. Free tea/coffee afterwards in the cricket pavilion where coaches/athletes have a chance to chat.

Any questions please contact Paul Rogan email: emhakijo@hotmail.co.uk

The Glasgow Athletics Association Endurance Group also host their next training session this Saturday. This is the also the penultimate session prior to the Lindsays National XC. Saturday’s session is at Pollok Park, with the first rep at 10.30am.

If you would like any further information, please email glasgowathleticsassociation@gmail.com

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Pole vault action from the FPSG National Open – photo by Bobby Gavin

The Glasgow Pole Vault School Grand Prix continues this weekend – with the third meeting taking place on Saturday.

Aberdeen Sports Village is the venue this time and the entry list is on our Events Section page.

Any queries around the event should be directed to Polevaultcoach@btinternet.com

With thanks to Brian Donaldson

Tags: Aberdeen Sports Village, Erin Wallace, Forres, Glasgow Pole Vault School GP, Glasgow XC, Gold Coast 2018, Muller Indoor GP, North XC, Stef Reid, Team Scpotland

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