Local pair included in Games training squad

Andrew Lemoncello
Andrew Lemoncello
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TWO athletes from north east Fife and Kinross-shire have been named in Scotland’s latest Commonwealth Games training squad for Glasgow 2014.

Long distance runner Andrew Lemoncello and 400 metre hurdler Eilidh Child are among 41 athletes who will receive extra support over the next 12 months.

Lemoncello (29), from Ceres, is expected to compete in the marathon in Glasgow and also aims to make the Great Britain squad for next year’s Olympic Games in London.

The Fife AC runner made his debut over 26 miles at last year’s London Marathon, finishing eighth, but has endured a difficult 2011.

He was selected for the GB team to compete in the World Championships in South Korea in August, but was forced to withdraw before the event.

Child (Pitreavie AAC), whose family live in Kinross, won a silver medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Two months earlier the 24-year-old had finished eighth in her event at the European Championships in Barcelona.

She recently gave up her job as a PE teacher in Perth to train full-time in Bath and harbours hopes of success at next year’s Olympics.

Nigel Holl, chief executive of Scottish Athletics, said: “We’re delighted to publicly confirm the athletes who will receive our backing over the coming year.

“We know there is great talent there and some of the squad will have aspirations for London 2012 before even starting the countdown towards Glasgow.

“It is clear that all the athletes identified retain the ambition to achieve performances that mean they are selected by UK Athletics for support on the World Class Performance Programme.

“We are optimistic and ambitious that future UK teams will have a strong and increasing Scottish representation.

“The 41 people we back receive support from the sportscotland Institute of Sport and we are grateful for that partnership.

“Being included opens the door to many expert services we know can help each athlete improve his or her personal standards.”