Scotland are ready to compete at Loughborough on Sunday in our first international appearance in track and field since August 2019.
The Manchester International that year was the last outing as the global pandemic put paid to two opportunities during 2020.
And while there are a number of issues for athletes and scottishathletics staff around this weekend, including Covid-19 protocols and pre-meet testing, the Loughborough International is a very welcome opportunity.
Indeed, the Scotland team looks very strong and includes the likes of Zoey Clark, Alisha Rees, Beth Dobbin, Michael Olsen, Chris Bennett, Nick Percy, Will Grimsey, Ben Greenwood, Alessandro Schenini, Jonny Glen, Andrew Murphy, Rachel Hunter, Kelsey Stewart, Kirsty Law – all of whom have had GB honours at various age groups or disciplines.
We underline our congratulations to all selected and their families, coaches and the clubs who have helped develop them over a number of years.
Three young Scots will compete against Scotland – as Jack Patton, Brodie Young and Alyson Bell represent GB Juniors in the traditional match at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium.
We’re excited to announce Loughborough International Athletics is back!🏃🏾♀️
With previous LIA’s seeing Loughborough students break world records, you don’t want to miss this!🏆 Catch the action online ➡️ https://t.co/dL9kQXotzp
— Loughborough Sport (@LboroSport) May 19, 2021
A couple of changes were announced earlier this week, leading to first Scotland vests in track and field for Connor Henderson and Megan Keith, and the team now (May 20) is as follows. Note we are no longer fielding a team in the Men’s 4x400m after a couple of withdrawals.
100m Michael Olsen; 200m Adam Thomas; 400m Krishawn Aiken; 800m Ben Greenwood; 1500m Joe Ewing; 3000m Stephen Mackay; 110m Hurdles Andrew Murphy; 400m Hurdles Connor Henderson; 3000m Steeplechase Jonny Glen
High Jump Will Grimsey; Long Jump Alessandro Schenini; Triple Jump Henry Clarkson; Pole Vault Andrew Murphy; Discus Nick Percy; Hammer Chris Bennett; Javelin Greg Millar; Shot Put Craig Charlton
4×100 Relay: Olsen, Thomas, Aiken, Greg Kelly
100m Alisha Rees; 200m Beth Dobbin; 400m Zoey Clark; 800m Philippa Millage; 1500m Jenny Selman; 3000m Megan Keith 100m Hurdles Heather Paton; 400m Hurdles Mhairi Patience; 3000m Steeplechase Sarah Tait
High Jump Carmen Neat; Long Jump Sarah Warnock; Triple Jump Zara Asante; Pole Vault Courtney MacGuire; Discus Kirsty Law; Hammer Rachel Hunter; Shot Put Teddy Tchoudja
4×100 Relay: Rees, Paton, Rebecca Matheson, Georgina Adam
4×400 Relay: Dobbin, Clark, Adam, Patience, Kelsey Stewart
The team will be led this weekend by Mark Pollard, our Head of Performance (Interim) with Brian Donaldson kindly stepping in to assist us in a Team Manager role.
We also welcome a number of other coaches to assist in the various event groups and offer our congratulations (and thanks) on their appointments to the Scotland team staff.
Team Leader: Mark Pollard; Team Manager: Brian Donaldson
Throws: Alison Grey and Andy Frost
Jumps: Linda Nicholson and Colin Sinclair
Endurance: Carol Sharp and Mark Pollard
Sprints, Hurdles and Relays: Francis Smith and Allan Scott
THROWERS GET READY
Scotland duty on Sunday @LboroSport for our British discus champs @Kirstylawdiscus @DiscusNick
Confidence high after Kirsty within 4cm of her PB and Nick over 62m again last night👍#SALbelieve@SALChiefExec @AlisonGreySAL @JomaSportUK @InvHarriersAAC pic.twitter.com/3avONKWHeZ
— scottishathletics (@scotathletics) May 20, 2021