Fort William lad set to journey to Bahamas for Commonwealth competitions
COMMONWEALTH Games Scotland has announced the 41 athletes who have been selected to represent Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
With less than 50 days to go until the international multi-sport games in Nassau, Bahamas, the athletes aged between 15 and 18 are gearing up to compete in seven of the nine sports, including athletics, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling, judo, swimming and tennis.
And one Fort William lad will be making the journey, to compete in cycling, as the sport makes a return to the games after a six-year absence.
Stephen Dent will be representing Team Scotland in July. The 18-year- old will compete in both the road race and individual time trial.
Stephen has been elected for the British Cycling Olympic Development Apprenticeship and has just achieved his first category race licence as a firstyear junior.
Rebecca Machin, head teacher at Kinlochleven High School, where Stephen is a pupil, said: ‘Stephen is a hardworking and conscientious student who applies himself in all that he does, and is a credit to his school and to himself.
‘We have a keen, supportive and enthusiastic PE department but have no way of supporting Stephen to his full potential in cycling as a school. To achieve this he has needed to organise and take part in a wide range of specialist post-school and extra- curricular training, which requires a great deal of travelling.’