TV feature courtesy of BBC Scotland
Zoey Clark has declared the current crop of Scottish athletes a ‘golden generation’ after a record number of her compatriots were selected for the European Indoor Championships team.
Nine Scottish athletes will compete for Great Britain at the event in Glasgow – which starts on Friday morning.
‘Scotland’s not a big country so to have such a strong fraction of the team is amazing,’ said Clark, 24, in a BBC Scotland interview.
‘It’s so impressive. I don’t think it’s a surprise, though. Scottish athletes have been on the up and up the last few years. I’m just so proud I can be part of that.’
Video: ""It's definitely a golden era…" Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark has qualified for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow next month. She's one of a record-breaking nine Scots to make the British team. @_ZoeyClark @Glasgow2019 @BritAthletics @BBCSportScot 🏃♀️ pic.twitter.com/aYUdUHAN0U
— BBC North East Scot (@BBCNorthEast) February 18, 2019
Clark won the British Indoor 400m title in Birmingham earlier this month with a time of 52.85 seconds.
That clinched her a place in the 48-athlete British team for the European Championships and she is relishing the opportunity to compete in her home country – as well as inspiring the next generation of athletes.
‘As soon as I found out that the Europeans was going to be in Glasgow I knew I really wanted to be in that team,’ she added.
‘I’m so glad that I’ve managed to do that – getting to compete in Scotland is just amazing.
‘It’s difficult for me thinking I can be a role model to people, but I’ve been to a lot of schools on visits and it’s great to see how inspired these young children get.’
— Laura Muir (@lauramuiruns) February 17, 2019