Scotland will contest the Manchester International on Wednesday evening – with selections now confirmed following the Scottish Senior Champs at Grangemouth.
No fewer than 25 athletes will be given the chance to compete at Sport City stadium in an event which features teams from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, GB Juniors and an Armed Forces select.
There was good news on Monday as it emerged that Whitemoss AAC athlete, Holly McArthur, will land her first GB and NI vest in the 400m Hurdles. McArthur has been called up to add to four Scots already selected – Alisha Rees, Erin Wallace, Jill Cherry and Jenna Wrisberg.
A number of Scottish champions from the weekend have been selected by Director of Coaching, Rodger Harkins, for Manchester – including the likes of Mhairi Hendry, Heather Paton, Avril Jackson and Nikki Manson on the Women’s side and Grant Plenderleith, Greg Louden, Nick Percy and Andy Frost on the Men’s.
With a couple of non-Scots winning events at Grangemouth, there are picks for some of the silver medallists from the Senior Champs such as Taylor Nimmo, Rachel Hunter and Ben Greenwood.
Here is the Scotland selection:
Women: Chloe Lambert 100m, 200m; Mhairi Hendry 800m; Emily Dudgeon Mile; Lauren Stoddart 3000m steeplechase; Heather Paton 100m Hurdles; Avril Jackson 400m Hurdles; Nikki Manson High Jump
Caroline Adams Pole Vault; Gillian Cooke Long Jump, Triple Jump; Kirsty Yates Shot Putt; Rachel Hunter Hammer; Aileen Rennie Javelin
Men: Taylor Nimmo 100m; Grant Plenderleith 200m; Greg Louden 400m; Ben Greenwood 800m; Matthew White Mile; Mike Deason 3000m steeplechase
4 x 400m Plenderleith, Louden, Anthony Young, Pat Swan
Allan Smith High Jump; Nick Percy Discus; Andy Frost Hammer; Greg Millar Javelin; Chuxx Onyia Triple Jump
All at scottishathletics firmly congratulates these athletes on their selections and their coaches and families, too. Credit also to the clubs involved over a number of years helping to deveop these athletes.
It is worth stressing that the Manchester International this year is effectively a pilot event – which we are keen to support under the auspices of increased international opportunities for Scottish athletes at a certain level.
*Our friends at Vinco Sport, who did such a good job streaming the Scottish Senior Champs for the third successive year, are on duty again on Wednesday night at the Manchester International.
There will be a live stream from the whole event at Sport City on the link here:
Holly McArthur – GB Juniors call-up for Manchester