2017 World Championships: 'Mentality change has boosted Scottish athletics'
The chair of Scottish Athletics believes a change in mentality has helped a record number of Scots make Team GB for the World Championships.
Ian Beattie says credit must go to the athletes, coaches and clubs after 13 Scots were named in the team for next month's championships in London.
He says everyone in the sport pulling in the same direction has helped Scottish athletics scale new heights.
"I am absolutely delighted at the total," Beattie told BBC Scotland.
"We knew after the British trial a couple of weekends ago that we had 11 people that had qualified at that stage. That was a real high. There has been another three added since then. Unfortunately one dropped out, Robbie Simpson with injury. But 13 is a fantastic number.
"The record we have had before for the World Championship was seven, so that shows how much of an improvement there has been.
"Credit has to go to the athletes and their coaches. It's a lot of work to make world teams so the athletes we are seeing at the moment are pushing each other on, working incredibly hard going around the world and getting great times and distances and so on.
"But credit has to go to the clubs as well. We have tried to focus on improving our clubs and improving the quality of what is coming through, and they have really risen to that challenge."
Athletes like Eilidh Doyle and Laura Muir will go into the World Championships with genuine medal hopes and Beattie says a culture of high expectation is driving Scottish athletes on.
"We are now seeing a culture of clubs expecting to perform and see athletes come through their systems and getting to the level of the people selected today," he explained.
|Laura Muir||1500m, 5,000m|
|Eilidh Doyle||400m hurdles, 4x400m|
|Zoey Clark||400m, 4x400m|
"I think there has been a real change in the mentality of the Scottish athletes coming through. I think they are now expecting to compete at this level.
"They have had a taste of it. A few of our athletes were at the London Olympics, quite a few were at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and they believe they should be at this level.
"What's more, some of them are now believing they are capable of winning medals at this level. It has just been a really positive mentality.
"When I took on the chair role I was keen to have a sport where everybody was working together and pointing in the same direction and I think we can really feel that going through Scottish athletics. There is a real feel-good factor at the moment."