St Andrew’s Day Celebration marks announcement of Team Scotland30th Nov 2017 | Written by Gemma Simpson
Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with Triathlon Scotland today confirmed the names of the four triathletes who will compete at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Karen Darke, Beth Potter, Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon will all fly the flag for Team Scotland in April next year.
Triathlon was introduced to the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and following an absence at the Delhi 2010 Games, and returned to Glasgow in 2014 with both individual and relay events held at the scenic setting of Strathclyde Country Park.
In Australia, the Triathlon competition takes place in the Gold Coast’s Southport Broadwater Parklands and begins with the male and female individual events on the 5 April. A test of skill and endurance, the individual triathlon events begin with a 750m open water swim, before a 20km cycle then a 5km run to finish.
Then on 7 April, the crowd pleasing Mixed Team Triathlon Relay will return for the second time, following an incredible spectacle in Glasgow 2014. This fast-paced tag-team event will see two men and two women from each country swim 250m, cycle 7km and run 1.5km.
Gold Coast 2018 will proudly host the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history and on the 7 April Paratriathlon will make it’s debut with medal events for PTWC women and men.
We are absolutely delighted that our triathletes have been confirmed for individual events and will be joining Team Scotland at Gold Coast. We are particularly pleased that paratriathlon will make its debut and Scotland will be represented. Jane Moncrieff, CEO
Returning to Team Scotland are Glasgow 2014 Triathletes, Grant Sheldon and Marc Austin. Austin, thrilled the home crowd in Strathclyde Park during Glasgow 2014 as part of a three-man breakaway with the Brownlee brothers, while Grant Sheldon, World University Championships gold medallist last year, is also selected for his second Games. Sheldon was part of the Team Scotland individual and mixed team relay triathlon events in 2014.
In January, 10,000m Olympian Beth Potter made the decision to concentrate on triathlon training, relocating from London to Leeds. Victory at the Funchal ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup demonstrated her successful transition into the sport.
Since being paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident age 21, Paralympic Games hand cycling gold medallist Karen Darke has triumphed in a number of extreme challenges. The Inverness based athlete, alongside her sporting endeavours, which include ITU European and World medals, has crossed Greenland’s ice cap and climbed Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and El Capitan, all using just the power of her arms.
Head of Performance Fiona Lothian said:
“I am really grateful for the efforts from all the athletes and support staff who have been part of the selection process and enabled us to select a team which can perform with distinction at the Commonwealth Games and make Scotland proud.
“We are delighted that at this stage 3 individuals have been selected to fill the 3 assured slots by Commonwealth Games Scotland, based on the allocation offered from GOLDOC. Triathlon Scotland understands that Team Scotland may be able to allocate additional slots to sports should they become available and will make a case to Team Scotland for an additional athlete slot to enable a relay team to be fielded during the final selection period in January 2018. It is our hope that Scotland will be represented in all the triathlon events.”
Chief Executive Officer Jane Moncrieff said:
“We are absolutely delighted that our triathletes have been confirmed for individual events and will be joining Team Scotland at Gold Coast. We are particularly pleased that paratriathlon will make its debut and Scotland will be represented. We wish all the triathletes the very best as they continue with their preparations and look forward to getting behind them in April 2018.”
Welcoming the newly selected athletes, Jon Doig OBE, Team Scotland Chef de Mission, said:
“Huge congratulations to all of the athletes who have been selected for Team Scotland. We look forward to them representing their families, communities and country with pride in 2018.
“Every athlete with a place on the team has met the tough selection standards, just to make the team and it is clear that we have the quality within the team to deliver our goal of having our most successful ever overseas Games.”
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, said:
“A massive congratulations to the latest athletes announced to represent Scotland at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“By making it to the top of their respective sports, and being chosen to represent Scotland, they have already done a huge amount to make themselves, and all of us who will be cheering them on, so proud – and I have no doubt that will continue when the Games come around.”
In 2018, Team Scotland is aiming to have its most successful ever overseas Games. Today’s selections bring the total number of athletes named to Team Scotland to 68, with the next announcement taking place on 12 December. The selection period for athletes aiming to represent Team Scotland closes on 14 February 2018.