10th December 2013

Captain Child To Lead Scottish Team

Eilidh Child is to captain the first ever Scottish team at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match on Saturday 25 January 2014, as the city gears up for the XX Commonwealth Games.

The World 4x400m relay bronze medallist will lead the team in the first major international event in Glasgow of 2014, lining up in the 400m.

Taking a rare break from training, we caught up with The Scottish Athlete of the Year to chat about her recent captaincy announcement as she tested her hand at the bagpipes at the National Piping Centre in Scotland.

“I’m really honoured to be named captain and it’ll be an immensely proud occasion for me to lead the Scottish team out at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match. There is some really good talent coming through, so it is great for everyone to have the opportunity to compete at the Emirates Arena before the Commonwealth Games,” said Child, who won Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles silver in 2010.

“To have that opportunity to go out there and show what we can do with a huge crowd behind us will be incredible.”

Further athletes set to join Child include Laura Muir (Andy Young) in the 800m, high jumper Allan Smith (Fuzz Ahmed) and Chris O’Hare (Steve Gulley) in the 1500m following his return from a collegiate career in the United States. Jamie Bowie (Piotr Haczek) is to run in in the 400m whilst Guy Learmonth (George Gandy) will take to the track in the rarely contested 600m.

Paralympians Libby Clegg (Keith Antoine) and Stef Reid (Rana Reider) have also be named as part of the Scottish team, and they too will be looking to post maximum points for their team.

The full Scotland team for the Glasgow British Athletics International Match is set to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, why don’t you take a look at what happened when Eilidh tried her hand at playing the bag pipes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyMQ8baF-8c&feature=youtu.be