Team Scotland name squad of 33 athletes for Commonwealth Games

Friday 1st July 2022

Photo grid created by Sue Gyford

BBC Scotland Sport website

Team Scotland has announced a 33-strong selection for athletics at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The team reflects a strong presence in global athletics by Scots currently and includes Olympic medallists Laura Muir and Josh Kerr.

All 11 athletes picked earlier this week by British Athletics for the World Champs in Eugene are included for the Commonwealths.

Here are the 33 athletes selected (in alphabetical order) with event, coach and club . . .

Chris Bennett: Event: Hammer; Coach: Andy Frost; Club: Shettleston Harriers

Andy Butchart: Event: 5000m and 10,000m; Club: Central AC

Zoey Clark: Event: 400m and 4x400m; Coach: Ryan Oswald; Club: Aberdeen AAC

Beth Dobbin: Event: 200m and 4x400m; Coach: Leon Baptiste; Club: Edinburgh AC

Mark Dry: Event: Hammer; Club: Woodford Green and Essex Ladies

Sean Frame: Event: T54 Marathon; Coach: Joyce Rammell; Club: Red Star AC

Neil Gourley: Event: 1500m and 5000m; Coach: Stephen Haas; Club: Giffnock North AC

Will Grimsey: Event: High Jump; Coach: Graham Ravenscroft; Club: Woodford Green and Essex Ladies

Sarah Inglis: Event: 5000m and 10,000m; Coach: Alistair Cragg; Club: Lothian RC

Josh Kerr: Event: 1500m; Coach: Danny Mackey; Club: Edinburgh AC

Samantha Kinghorn: Event: T54 1500m; Coach: Rodger Harkins; Club: Red Star AC

Kirsty Law: Event: Discus; Coach: Zane Duquemin; Club: Inverness Harriers

Guy Learmonth: Event: 800m; Coach: Justin Rinaldi; Club: Lasswade AC

Eilish McColgan: Event: 5000m and 10,000m; Coach: Liz Nuttall; Club: Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Laura Muir: Event: 800m and 1500m; Coach: Andy Young; Club: Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Ross Paterson: Event: T38 100m; Coach: John Kinder; Club: Red Star AC

Heather Paton: Event: 100m Hurdles and 4x100m; Coach: Benke Blomkvist; Club: Birchfield Harriers

Nick Percy: Event: Discus; Coach: Zane Duquemin; Club: Shaftesbury Barnett

Jemma Reekie: Event: 800m and 1500m; Coach: Andy Young; Club: Kilbarchan AAC

Alisha Rees: Event: 100m and 4x100m; Coach: Leon Baptise; Club: Edinburgh AC

Jenny Selman: Event: 800m; Coach: Lewis Walker; Club: Fife AC

David Smith: Event: High Jump; Coach: Ken Allan; Club: Giffnock North

Adam Thomas: Event: 100m; Club: Bracknell AC

Alexander Thomson: Event: T38 100m; Coach: Chris Baillie; Club: VP-Glasgow

Eloise Walker: Event: 5000m; Coach: Andy Young; Club: Edinburgh AC/Glasgow Uni

Jake Wightman: Event: 800m and 1500m; Coach: Geoff Wightman; Club: Edinburgh AC

Melanie Woods: Event: T54 1500m; Coach: Rodger Harkins; Club: Red Star AC

Nicole Yeargin: Event: 400m and 4x400m; Coach: Boogie Johnson; Pitreavie AAC

Scotland 4x100m Women posted a new National Record at the Birmingham Diamond League meet

Women’s 4x100m Additional Athletes as follows (alphabetical order)

Rebecca Matheson: Event: 4x100m; Coach: Ryan Oswald; Club: Aberdeen AAC

Sarah Malone: Event: 4x100m; Coach: Donald Moss; Club: Edinburgh AC

Taylah Spence: Event: 4x100m; Coach: Eoghan MacNamara; Club: Orkney AC

Women’s 4x400m Additional Athletes as follows (alphabetical order)

Jill Cherry: Event: 4x400m; Coach: Allan Scott; Club: VP-Glasgow

Carys McAulay: Event: 4x400m; Coach: Nick Dakin; Club: Trafford AC

Five Para athletes were announced – pictured here are wheelchair racers Melanie Woods and Sean Frame plus sprinters Ross Paterson (left) and Alexander Thomson (photo by Craig Watson)

Team Scotland name five Para athletes

Wheelchair racer Sean Frame will compete in the marathon on Saturday 30 July to launch the athletics action – with the track and field sessions opening on the morning of Tuesday 2 August at the redeveloped Alexander Stadium.

Six athletes who delivered top 12 performances at the Olympics were pre-selected by Team Scotland, led by 1500m duo Muir and Kerr.

Five athletes were then picked for the Para events in Birmingham, where wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn will compete in her third Commonwealth Games.

A further 22 athletes were added and those selections mean a third Games for Jake Wightman (800m and 1500m), Eilish McColgan (5000m and 10,000m), Guy Learmonth (800m), Zoey Clark (400m and 4x400m), David Smith (High Jump) and hammer thrower Chris Bennett. It is a fourth Games for Mark Dry.

There’s a strong sprints presence for the first time in many years with places for Alisha Rees and Adam Thomas at 100m, Beth Dobbin in the 200m and Heather Paton in the 100m Hurdles.

Eilish McColgan (photo by Team Scotland)

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The Team Scotland athletics staff for Birmingham is led by Team Manager, Julie Mollison, and Head Coach, Mark Pollard. Both have prominent roles with scottishathletics.

‘We’re delighted with the Team Scotland selection announcement and 29 athletes now confirmed for Birmingham 2022,’ said Mark.

‘Being picked for Scotland for a Commonwealth Games is always an exciting moment and we congratulate athletes, their coaches and their families on selection.

‘We acknowledge, too, the huge role played by numerous Scottish clubs played in the development of these athletes over a number of years.’

Following discussions with Commonwealth Games Scotland and the Commonwealth Games Federation, a limited number of contingency slots, ring-fenced solely for Women’s 4x100m and Women’s 4x400m, have been made available to Scotland.

In line with the relay section in the selection policy, this opportunity allows for both teams now to be entered.

Five additional athletes were selected to cover these and projected timetable commitments.

Unfortunately London-based Olympian Steph Davis, who was announced as selected when the window closed for the marathon, has had to withdraw due to a foot injury.

Tags: Birmingham 2022, Commonwealth Games 2022, Julie Mollison, Mark Pollard, Team Scotland

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