Glasgow call-ups for Borders quartet

WITH less than 300 days to go until the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the first Team Scotland representatives have been named.

And, out of the 27-strong line-up, four are Borderers.

Berwick’s Guy Learmonth posted two late-season qualifying standard performances at 800 metres after missing out on the European U23 Championships earlier in the summer. He is one of only two men’s track representatives named this week, the other being West Linton’s British champion Chris O’Hare in the 1500m.

Newcastleton’s Libby Clegg will compete in the T12 100m when making her debut for Scotland in Glasgow. Libby won silver at the Paralympics in London and then two more silvers at the IPC World Championship in Lyon over 100m and 200m this summer.

The youngest athlete to be selected so far is 17-year-old Samantha Kinghorn from Gordon. Her achievements since taking up the sport 12 months ago, following a freak accident, are nothing short of remarkable, going from a beginner to a fully-fledged international para-athlete ranked second in Europe in her T53 classification. She will compete up a classification in Glasgow.