Call-up joy for Cor­rie

EK star head­ing for Gold Coast with Team Scot­land

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Thom­son

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

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