Scotland head into track and field action again this weekend with the Loughborough International firmly back on the map.
This year’s event marks the return of spectators to the Paula Radcliffe Stadium and takes place on Sunday (with live coverage online via Vinco).
It’s the second of a very busy double-header for Scottish athletes with the Birmingham Diamond League event centre stage the previous day.
The format of the 2022 Loughborough International features six teams – with Scotland joined by England, Wales, GB and NI U20s, Loughborough University Select and National Athletics League Select.
Since we initially named the team there have been some changes and we send our warm congratulations to all our new selections and their families and coaches: Stephen Mackay, Paul Ogun, Olivia Vareille, Katie Purves, Taylah Spence and Amy Kennedy.
Here’s the Scotland team . . .
100m: Alyson Bell; 200m: Taylah Spence; 400m: Carys MacAulay; 100m Hurdles: Katie Purves; 400m Hurdles: Emily Craig; 800m: Olivia Vareille; 1500m: Megan Keith; 3000m: Megan Davies; 3000m Steeplechase: Sarah Tait
High Jump: Claire McGarvey; Triple Jump: Nony Mordi; Pole Vault: Courtney MacGuire; Javelin: Katie Burr; Discus: Kirsty Law; Shot: Amy Kennedy
4x100m Spence, Purves, Sarah Malone, Rebecca Matheson
100m: Krishawn Aiken; 200m: Adam Thomas; 400m: Brodie Young; 110m Hurdles: Scott Connal; 400m Hurdles: Jack Lawrie; 800m: Kane Elliott; 1500m:Stephen Mackay; 3000m: Ryan Thomson; 3000m Steeplechase: Michael Cameron
Long Jump: Paul Ogun; High Jump: David Smith; Pole Vault: Reuben Nairne; Hammer: Mark Dry; Javelin: Greg Millar; Discus: Nick Percy; Shot: Angus McInroy
4x100m Thomas, Krishawn Aiken, Michael Olsen, Stephen Dunlop
4x400m Aiken, Lawrie, Kyle Alexander, Grant Plenderleith
Good luck to five young Scots competing for the GB and NI U20 team at Loughborough: Rachel Callan, Sofia Vidak, Alyson Bell, Teddy Tchoudja, Brodie Young.
*Hannah Cameron will represent the National Athletics League on Sunday with the Glasgow Jaguars athlete picked for the 800m.
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We’re pleased to welcome a number of coaches to help with our team staff duties for Loughborough 2022.
Team Manager: Anne Scott
Jumps: Ken Allan and John Scott
Throws: Alison Grey and Robert Wilkie
Endurance: Mark Nixon and Linda Smith
Sprints, Hurdles and Relays: Allan Scott and Chris Baillie
Therapist: Mark Allen
Team Leader: Mark Pollard
Sprinter Taylah Spence was in the airport in Orkney last Friday en route to the Outdoor Open at Grangemouth when she received word from scottishathletics that she had been selected for the Loughborough International.
It is a first ever international vest for the 23-year-old, who works as a midwife on the islands, and is coached by Eoghan MacNamara.
Taylah is the 200m pick for Loughborough and, since this interview at Grangemouth, is now involved in a Scotland 4x100m team to compete at the Birmingham Diamond League on Saturday