Call-up joy for Corrie
EK star heading for Gold Coast with Team Scotland
Corrie Scott will go for gold in the Gold Coast next year after being named in Team Scotland for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Strathaven swimmer, who won bronze in the 50m breaststroke at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, is among the first athletes to be announced for the showpiece in Australia.
Team Scotland announced the first 31 athletes to make the squad on Tuesday morning after the participants in the sports of swimming and bowls were revealed.
East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club member Corrie, who swims competitively for Edinburgh University, is delighted to be on the plane to Oz.
And the 24-year-old told the News her experience in Glasgow has left her dreaming of more podium success.
Corrie, who will be competing in her third Games following her debut in Delhi in 2010, said: “I’m totally over the moon.
“Being selected for my third Commonwealth Games is just as exciting as the first.
“Glasgow gave me the buzz for it and that experience made we want this even more.
“I’m going to give it everything I can in Gold Coast.
“I know in my head what my target is, but I don’t like to say my aim is this or that.
“I can’t really control whether I get gold, silver, bronze or miss out on a medal because it’s up to other people as well and how they perform.
“Of course I want to be on top of that podium — that would mean everything — but all I’m focusing on is going there and doing my best.”
It’s been a long wait for Corrie after she recorded her first consideration time for the squad in April, clocking a time of 31:00 seconds to take a bronze medal at the British Championships.
But now she will focus all her energy on training for the Games.
She added: “Everything is geared towards Gold Coast now.
“We’ve got the Scottish Short Course Championships in December, which will be a nice test to see how things are going.
“I broke the Scottish record last year, so I’m really looking forward to that.
“There’s a training camp in Tenerife in January and then a holding camp in March in Scotland before we head out.
“The British Championships have been moved forward to March so it will be good to hit that in Edinburgh just a month before the Games.”
Performance Director of Scottish Swimming, Ally Whike said: “I have been very pleased with the approach of the swimmers to the challenge of qualification.
“This will hold them in good stead to perform at the top of their game come April.”
The Games will run from April 4-15, 2018.
Medal delightCorrie won bronze in Glasgow, but is aiming higher in 2018