Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shaw and Johnston added to Team Scotland Aquatics Squad

Toni Shaw and Beth Johnston are named today by Team Scotland and will be aiming to emulate the success of swimming sensation Erraid Davies at Glasgow 2014. Holder of an incredible 14 Scottish records in the S9 and S10 categories, 14 year old Toni Shaw is the youngest athlete named for Team Scotland for Gold Coast 2018 to date. Selection comes on the back of an outstanding 2017, where she won multiple medals at the World Para-Swimming Series and earned selection to the senior team for the World Para-Swimming Championships in Mexico.

Toni will swim the SB9 100m Breaststroke, the event in which Davies won her memorable bronze in Glasgow, as well as the S9 100m Freestyle, S9 100m Backstroke and the SM10 200m Individual Medley. She is joined by 16 year old Beth Johnston in the 200m Individual Medley. Beth took two gold and a silver at the penultimate World Para-Swimming Series event in Indianapolis and set Scottish records over 50m and 100m Backstroke in 2017.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Toni said,

“It’s amazing to have the chance to be part of Team Scotland. I’m so excited and just really happy. I think being part of Team Scotland and racing against the best will be really cool.”

Beth also commented,

“I feel incredibly happy and privileged to represent my country. I'm most looking forward to being part of Team Scotland, experiencing the athletes village and getting to compete in front of such a big crowd. I’m also hoping the weather will be great!”

Ally Whike, Performance Director at Scottish Swimming said: “Both Toni and Beth have upped their game throughout the qualification period and I’ve been impressed by their approach to each meet they have competed in. This will hold them in good stead to perform at their best come April.”

For more information on Team Scotland for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games see the website: https://www.teamscotland.scot/

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