Cameron Tindle (white vest) in action at National Open – photo by Bobby Gavin
Scotland will take on GB and NI, France and Germany in the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International with a youthful team handed a great opportunity at the Emirates Arena.
There are a couple of teenagers included in the 22-strong selection which also features nine athletes who appeared at the Commonwealth Games.
The remaining slots were confirmed following the National Open last weekend with 16-year-old Cameron Tindle of Edinburgh AC winning a place in the men’s 60m and Myles Edwards a run at 1500m.
Aberdeen AAC’s Kelsey Stewart, another teenager, makes the 4 x400m relay squad while Josephine Moultrie – who recorded the 1500m qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games on one occasion – steps into the metric mile race at the Emirates.
With the likes of Guy Learmonth and Jamie Bowie already confirmed, anticipation is growing for only Scotland’s second appearance at the long-standing Glasgow fixture as a team following a first occasion in January 2014.
Kirsten McAslan, Sarah Warnock, Ray Bobrownicki, Diane Ramsay, Greg Louden, Grant Plenderleith and Zoey Clark are the others with Glasgow 2014 experience.
It is a huge opportunity for some young emerging Scottish athletes to gain experience at international level – in a four-nation match which will see them compete against GB and NI, France and Germany.
Rodger Harkins, the scottishathletics Director of Coaching, said: ‘Firstly, let me congratulate all the athletes, and their families and coaches, on Scotland selection for the Glasgow International. It should always be an honour to wear the Scotland vest.
‘I see Saturday as a real opportunity for athletes to gain experience at this kind of level. We don’t compete all that often as a Scotland team internationally other than the Commonwealth Games, which of course only comes around once in a four-year cycle.
‘So we have to look to take advantage of an event like the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International and see if people can come up with a Personal Best or a Season’s Best via the platform of competing against top athletes from countries like Germany and France.
‘Yes, we’ve a couple of teenagers in there but those promising youngsters have merited selection. We’ve also already seen some very good indoor performances by Scottish athletes this winter so that gives some of them something to try and improve on come Saturday.
‘For the athletics public in Scotland, I think it is a good opportunity to see people they know from our clubs and from National events competing in an International context. That should be exciting as we take on three strong countries in GB, France and Germany.’
60m: Cameron Tindle
400m: Jamie Bowie
800m: Guy Learmonth
1500m: Myles Edwards
60mH: David Feeney
High Jump: Ray Bobrownicki
Long Jump: Peter Muirhead
Pole Vault: Sam Adams
4 x 400m Men: Grant Plenderleith, Greg Louden, David Martin, Pat Swan, Elliot Heath
60m: Kathryn Christie
400m: Kirsten McAslan
800m: Katy Brown
1500m: Josephine Moultrie
60mH: Hazel Ross
Long Jump: Sarah Warnock
4 x 400m Women: Kirsten McAslan, Diane Ramsay, Zoey Clark, Kelsey Stewart, Kathryn Christie.