Seven Scottish Para athletes are headed for the international arena this summer after being selected for the World Para Athletics European Championships.
It’s a marvellous reflection on Para athletics in Scotland and we send our congratulations to all the athletes and their coaches and families.
Libby Clegg, Kayleigh Haggo, Maria Lyle, Stef Reid, Mel Woods, Ross Paterson, Alexander Thomson.
For wheelchair racer Mel this is a first selection to represent GB and NI.
Ten reigning European champions are among the 47 athletes selected to compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland between 1-5 June.
Aled Davies, Sophie Hahn, Maria Lyle and Richard Whitehead are among those set to compete at the Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium.
Double world champion Maria Lyle will compete in the T35 100m and 200m in Poland. The 21-year-old has won six European titles during her career to date and will be seeking to add further silverware to her collection at the 2021 edition.
Grand-slam champion in the T38 100m Sophie Hahn will defend her title in Bydgoszcz, while Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) will look to match that achievement in the men’s equivalent.
Three British athletes will compete 100m RaceRunning events including world champion Kayleigh Haggo (John Owens; Ayr Seaforth), who broke the RR2 400m world record at the weekend.
Here are the Scots selected (plus coach, club and event):
Libby Clegg (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) [Guide runner – Chris Clarke] – T11 200m and 4x100m Universal Relay
Kayleigh Haggo (John Owens; Ayr Seaforth) – RR3 100m
Maria Lyle (Jamie Bowie; Team East Lothian) – T35 100m and 200m
Stef Reid (Aston Moore; Charnwood) – T64 Long Jump
Mel Woods (Rodger Harkins; Red Star) – T54 100m, 400m, 800m and 1500m
Ross Paterson (John Kinder; Red Star) – T38 100m and 400m
Alexander Thomson (Chris Baillie; Victoria Park City of Glasgow) – T38 100m and 400m
Absolutely delighted to see 7 @scotathletics athletes selected for GB at the WPA European Champs!
— Pamela Robson (@pjbr11) April 28, 2021
Paula Dunn MBE, the Para Athletics Head Coach said:
‘The World Para Athletics European Championships provide a great opportunity for our athletes to compete at a high level in a very important year.
‘It is a fantastic competition opportunity for those athletes who are building up to Tokyo, as well as providing a platform for our Paralympic Futures Academy and Development Academy athletes who are on the pathway for Paris and Los Angeles.
‘Due to challenging circumstances at this current time, and consistent with British Athletics’ approach this season, all athletes were given the option to opt-in or opt-out of the Championships.
‘The Paralympic Games is ultimately the main focus this year, so while many athletes have targeted Bydgoszcz as a key event in their plan for the year, others have decided to focus on other competitions as part of their preparation for Tokyo.
‘We are supporting all athletes and coaches to achieve what they feel is the best preparation possible for the Paralympic Games later this summer.’
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