The pageant of sport lands in Birmingham this week and brings an enormous collection of the world’s greatest athletes to UK shores.
Staff Scotland have a terrific deal to be optimistic about. They’ve chosen a giant squad of athletes throughout greater than a dozen sports activities, with the intent of not simply difficult for medals – however bringing them dwelling.
In the event you weren’t heat sufficient from the newest blast of summer season warmth, the Commonwealth Video games is about to lift Scotland’s sporting temperature.
The north of Scotland will present a few of Scotland’s greatest medal hopes on the Video games.
Aberdeen’s Neil Fachie is among the most profitable GB paralympic athletes. He already has 4 Commonwealth gold medals to his title and will probably be defending is Tandem B dash and kilo titles this summer season.
Put Fachie on a observe and he needs to win. Pure and easy. His status speaks for itself and the starvation to win medals has by no means diminished.
At 38, he has proven no indicators of slowing down and barring any catastrophes, Fachie will probably be among the many contenders for Video games medals this summer season.
Neah Evans has furnished her status as certainly one of not simply Scotland, however GB’s greatest medal hopes on two wheels.
A relative unknown earlier than her double-medal efficiency on the Gold Coast in 2018, Evans has since grow to be a world and European medalist and received silver on the Olympics final yr.
With Katie Archibald’s unbelievable misfortune ruling her out of the Video games, Cuminestown’s Evans will spearhead the feminine Scottish riders this summer season.
Underneath her wing will probably be Ellie Stone and Lauren Bell, two newcomers to the scene, however already with nice pedigree. In the meantime, Strathpeffer’s Finn Crockett is among the many best-ranked riders within the UK this yr.
Zoey Clark has represented Aberdeen on the worldwide stage in a GB vest however relishes doing it for Scotland.
She is a part of an athletics group full of north expertise, from discus supremo Kirsty Regulation, to the ladies’s 4x100m relay group which incorporates runners from Torphins, Keith and Orkney.
On the squash courtroom, Highland duo Greg Lobban and Alan Clyne have come near Commonwealth medals earlier than. After profitable world doubles gold in 2016, they narrowly missed out on a medal within the semi-finals of the boys’s doubles 4 years in the past.
Clyne is heading into his fourth Video games and has been a constant determine on the head of Scottish squash for greater than a decade.