Glasgow 2014: Scots squads named in 4 sports

SCOTLAND’S representatives in artistic gymnastics, judo, weightlifting and para-sport powerlifting at this summer’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have been named.

Scotland's judoka take a 'selfie' to commemorate their selection for Glasgow 2014. Picture: PA

22 of the 29 athletes will be making their games debuts, while three have previously won Commonwealth medals.

A full squad of 10 gymnasts will compete for Team Scotland at the SSE Hydro, including London 2012 bronze medallist Dan Purvis, who is one of six gymnasts making their Commonwealth Games debut.

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Adam Cox, winner of Scotland’s last Commonwealth gymnastics medal in Melbourne eight years ago, returns to the team, while three members of Scotland’s 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games squad are named.

Judo returns to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since the 2002 Games in Manchester, where Scottish athletes collected 10 medals in Scotland’s most successful sport.

Sarah Clark and John Buchanan are the only judoka in the squad to have previously competed for Team Scotland, and will make their second Commonwealth Games appearance some 12 years on. Each of their other 12 team-mates will be making their Games debut.

Clark is one of five Olympians in the team alongside Euan Burton, James Austin, Chris Sherrington and Sally Conway.

Silver medallist Kirkbride back in team

Weightlifter Peter Kirkbride provided one of the highlights of Delhi 2010 with his silver medal winning lift in the under-94kg competition and will be looking to go one better in Glasgow.

Kirkbride is joined in the squad by three female athletes making their Commonwealth Games debut.

Team Scotland will also make its first appearance in the Para-Sport powerlifting competition with Michael ‘Micky’ Yule featuring in the men’s heavyweight competition.

Making the announcement, Team Scotland chef de mission, Jon Doig said: “With less than two months to go until the Games, we are delighted to welcome a further 29 athletes into Team Scotland from Gymnastics, Judo, Weightlifting and Para-Sport Powerlifting.

“Judo was our most successful sport when it was last included in a Games programme and we have a strong line-up once again.

“We also have a good pedigree in Artistic Gymnastics and Weightlifting with athletes who have won medals at previous Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

“The SECC Precinct will be one of the busiest venue clusters come Games time and the athletes we have announced today will most certainly be at the heart of the action.”

The latest additions bring the total Team Scotland numbers selected so far to 178, with an anticipated final team in the region of 270 athletes.