Team Scotland send 41 athletes to Commonwealth Youth Games

Perthshire's Scott McLay is one of eight in the Team Scotland swim squad
Perthshire's Scott McLay is one of eight in the Team Scotland swim squad

Team Scotland will send a squad of 41 athletes to this summer's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

The Scottish athletes aged between 15 and 18 years old will compete in seven out of the nine sports.

Athletics, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling, judo, swimming and tennis are all represented.

The concept of the event is simple: to develop young athletes, giving them an early experience of an overseas multi-sport tournament.

Former Scotland Rugby Sevens captain Colin Gregor, Team Scotland's general manager for this event, believes that aim is hugely beneficial.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for these young athletes to experience what the Commonwealth Games is all about and the start of an exciting journey, which I hope will see many of these athletes going on to represent Team Scotland at senior level," he said.

Since the youth games were founded in 2000, they have unearthed many athletes who have gone on to represent Scotland at senior level and some who have won Commonwealth medals.

Hannah Miley won gold at Glasgow 2014
Hannah Miley won gold at Glasgow 2014

Swimmer Hannah Miley is one of the 66 Scottish athletes who, after competing in the Commonwealth Youth Games, has progressed to the senior version.

The Inverurie swimmer took part in the Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia, in 2004, winning three medals. Two years later, she was part of the senior team that competed in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The following two Commonwealth Games produced three medals, including a gold in Glasgow in 2014.

Eight swimmers will take to the pool for Team Scotland at Bahamas 2017, with five also preparing to compete for Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Israel at the end of June.

Scott McLay is among them and the 18-year-old Strathallan School pupil is excited about what this event could lead to.

"I'm hoping to get into the Commonwealth Games in 2018. That's my main goal at the minute," the Perthshire swimmer told BBC Scotland.

McLay's favoured distances are the 50m and 100m backstroke and freestyle as well as the 100m fly and he is hoping to "bring home a medal".

"Hopefully I can get some personal bests and I don't see why I can't be in a position to win medals," he said. "I've just got to make sure that everything falls into place for particular races."

The swimming team also includes Team Scotland's youngest athlete for these Games, 15-year-old Roisin Ramsay from Edinburgh.

Megan Gordon will become the first female boxer to represent Scotland at any Commonwealth Games event
Megan Gordon will become the first female boxer to represent Scotland at any Commonwealth Games event

The Bahamas 2017 Youth Games will see a number of firsts, with judo, Team Scotland's most successful sport at Glasgow 2014, making its Commonwealth Youth Games debut. Six Scottish judoka will step up to the challenge.

Beach volleyball is also included for the first time ahead of its Commonwealth Games debut at Gold Coast 2018.

Megan Gordon, from Moray, becomes the first female boxer to compete for Scotland at any Commonwealth Games event, with European Junior Championship medallists Sam Hickey and Lewis Johnstone also included in the Team Scotland boxing squad.

Eleven athletes make up the track and field squad, including European Youth Championships bronze medallist Erin Wallace, who set a new British and Scottish Under-17 indoor record over 800m in 2016.

Also part of the athletics squad is 17-year-old Olivia Vareille, daughter of former Kilmarnock footballer Jerome.

Team Scotland 2017 will depart for the Bahamas on 14 July.

Team Scotland

Athletics

Calum Henderson, 17, Edinburgh

Alessandro Schenini, 17, Glasgow

Erin Wallace, 17, Glasgow

Adam Clayton, 16, Glasgow

Fraser Angus, 17, Prestwick

Lauren Greig, 16, Galston, East Ayrshire

Olivia Vareille, 17, Falkirk

Adam Scott, 17, Kirkcaldy

Bethany McAndrew, 17, Kirkcaldy

Naomi Lang, 17, Aberdeen

Maddy Silcock, 16, Banchory

Boxing

Faraz Ahmed, 17, Glasgow

Taylor Hamilton, 17, Wishaw

Lewis Johnstone, 17, Airdrie

John Casey, 17, Stirling

Craig Morgan, 17, Kelty, Fife

Ryan Reekie, 17, Cowdenbeath

Sam Hickey, 17, Dundee

Megan Gordon, 17, Rothes, Moray

Tyler Jolly, 17, Whithorn, Dumfries

Beach volleyball

Emma Waldie, 16, Edinburgh

Jennifer Lee, 17, Livingston

Cycling

Dylan Hughes, 17, North Berwick

Rhona Callander, 18, Stirling

Stephen Dent, 18, Fort William

Judo

Emily Ritchie, 16, Livingston

Louis Saez, 17, Paisley

Connor Wilson, 17, Bishopton

Ryan Quigley, 16, Wishaw

Emma Forrest, 16, Dunfermline

Fiona Todman, 17, Kirkcaldy

Swimming

Roisin Ramsay, 15, Edinburgh

Isabel Jones, 17, Livingston/Gilmorton, Leicestershire

Anna Fleming, 16, Glasgow

Luke Robins, 18, Glasgow/ Street, Somerset

Scott McLay, 18, Perth

Sophie Smith, 16, Arbroath

Thomas Beeley, 18, Banchory

Emma Harvey, 15, Street, Somerset

Tennis

Alexandra Hunter, 17, Edinburgh

Hamish Stewart, 17, Glasgow

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