Team Scotland will have a heavy north east Fife representation at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The final Scottish squad was announced earlier this week and features of a host of local sportsmen across a variety of disciplines.
As well as featuring high profile athletes such as Kinross hurdler Eilidh Child, who’ll captain the team, and ever the ever improving middle distance runner Laura Muir from Milnathort, selectors also picked a host of other competitors from across our area.
Andrew Lemoncello, originally from St Andrews but now based in America, will compete in the 10,000m; Patrick MacHugh, from Kinross will represent Scotland in the men’s doubles badminton; bowler Michael Simpson from Auchtermuchty has been picked to play in the B6/B7/B8 open triples; hockey ‘keeper Jamie Cachia from Cupar is another included; Alan Goodall of St Andrews will attempt to fire his way to glory in the 50m pistol event while Natalie Milne from Kinross is the final athlete to make up the contingent in the triathlon.
The selections mark a significant achievement for the local athletes and means that north east Fife has eight members within the 102 man squad.
Speaking on her blog at scottishathletics.org.uk, captain Child said it was important the Scots maintained focus in the build up to the Games.
She said: “Off the back of the Olympics in 2012 and now a home Commonwealth Games for Scotland, people are becoming more aware of athletics in this country and taking note of Scottish athletes.
“There is more of a profile now and that is good for the sport.
“It is encouraging and people, at London 2012, really got into sport. When that happens, you have to accept your performance will be looked at.
“I think it is important as an athlete that you don’t let coverage or headlines go to your head. It is about remembering you have a job to do in terms of competing and performing at your best.
“You have to train hard and get your preparation right.
“When it comes to the Commonwealth Games there will be massive exposure, excitement and I guess expectation.”