MP congratulates local athletes for Games selections

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has congratulated the athletes with local connections who have been selected to represent Scotland in next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Cyclist Katie Archibald from Milngavie who recently won gold at the World and European Championships is set to be one of the stars in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Nick Percy, a discuss thrower from Bearsden, is another champion (British Junior and Scottish Senior) who has a great chance for a medal in Glasgow.  

Imogen Bankier from Milngavie has tasted success four times already this year in international women’s doubles tournaments, and will go in search of more glory in the badminton. Another from Milngavie, Ross McFarlane, will be competing in the wrestling, a sport which he started aged 14 in the Milngavie Wrestling Club. 

In the swimming pool we have much local interest. Calum Tait from Milngavie won the Scottish Championships in the 200m breaststroke, and is taking time out from his medical studies at Edinburgh University to focus on the Commonwealth Games. Also from Milngavie, Jack Porter is a 20 year old student who will be competing in the 4x100m freestyle. Finally, Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, who was a member of Scotia Amateur Swimming Club and trained at the Leisuredome in Bishopbriggs, will be eagerly watched when he competes in the swimming. 

Commenting, Jo said: 

“I congratulate all these local athletes on being selected to compete for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and admire the commitment to training and sacrifices they have made to reach this elite level. 

“The Games in Glasgow are set to be a historic occasion for Scotland and I am sure local people will get behind these athletes all the way. Excitement is building for the Queen’s Baton Relay in East Dunbartonshire on 19th July and let’s hope for a few medals for local athletes to celebrate as well.”

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