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Team Scotland call gives Kirsty Law chance to relive Commonwealth Games highs

Kirsty Law has been selected for her second Commonwealth Games
Kirsty Law has been selected for her second Commonwealth Games

Representing Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games was the proudest moment of Kirsty Law’s career – and now she gets to do it again.

The discus thrower from Munlochy, who is a 13-time Scottish champion, has been named in the athletics squad for this summer’s Games, eight years after her first in Glasgow.

Law won a silver medal at the British Championships last weekend and cracked the 60-metre mark in 2021.

Her efforts paid off and she will compete at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham next month in Scotland colours.

“It’s my favourite thing to do, representing Scotland,” said Law. “I absolutely love it. It’s the biggest event we can do it, so I can’t wait.

“Glasgow (2014) was the best competition I’ve competed in. I don’t think anything will ever come close to that because it was a home Games.

“The Glasgow crowd got behind all the home countries and I think in Birmingham it’ll just be as good. I learned from 2014 that I absolutely love competing on the big stage. I loved every minute of it.

“I stayed in the sport because I knew I was a 60-metre-plus thrower. Everyone has believed in me but my coach Zane (Duquemin) said: ‘we can do this’.

“Last year I had the season of my life. I’m glad I got over the 60-metre line – it’s not where I want to be as I know I can go further. But I’m delighted to get over that barrier.”

Law is among six north representatives who were announced by Team Scotland yesterday.

Burghead hammer thrower Mark Dry completes a remarkable turnaround in his own personal fortunes by heading to a fourth Games.

The two-time bronze-medalist had targeted Scotland selection after returning from a 28-month ban for misleading anti-doping officers, which had seen him fight to clear his name and saw him landed with a significant legal bill.

Mark Dry celebrates his medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018
Mark Dry celebrates his medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018

Zoey Clark is heading to her third Commonwealth Games and will compete in both the 400m and the 4x400m relay.

She won two golds at the Scottish Indoor Championships early this year and was part of the relay squad for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics.

Banchory Stonehaven AC’s Alisha Rees will be at the forefront of Team Scotland’s sprints team, having set a new national 100m record earlier this year.

Rees set marks of 11.39s and 11.34s in Dagenham in May, which beat the original record of 11.40s set in 1974 by Helen Golden. In the process, she also twice eclipsed the qualifying standard for the Games set by Team Scotland.

Rees will compete in the 100m and 4x100m relay, where she will be joined by Orkney’s Taylah Spence and Keith’s Rebecca Matheson. The trio were part of the 4x100m relay team which set a new Scottish record at a Diamond League meeting in May.

“Being selected to represent Scotland has been my main aim this season. I cannot wait to go out there and represent in Birmingham as I think it is going to be a really special occasion,” said Rees.

Banchory Stonehaven’s Alisha Rees will make her Team Scotland debut

 

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