Scots wrestling twins celebrate Games selection

WRESTLER Fiona Robertson celebrated with her twin Donna after the two were officially selected to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

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Wrestlers Fiona and Donna Robertson have been selected for the Games
Wrestlers Fiona and Donna Robertson have been selected for the Games

Speaking at the latest Team Scotland announcement she said she was "excited" and "proud" to make the squad.

A total of 14 wrestlers were revealed alongside nine boxers and seven para-bowlers at the Olympia, home of Boxing Scotland, in Bridgeton, Glasgow.

It brings the overall Team Scotland numbers selected so far to 122, with an anticipated final team size of around 270 athletes.

The Evening Times will follow Fiona, 44, from Hamilton, to the Games, where she is hoping to bag herself the top prize.

She said: "A medal is definitely possible, you have to think that way. I wouldn't be training just to get the T-shirt. I have got the T-shirt now so the next thing is the medal."

But there was disappoint-ment for boxer Aston Brown, 22, from Govan, who missed out on the chance to compete at Glasgow 2014.

Fraser Walker, chief operating officer at Boxing Scotland, confirmed that Aston, who trains with the GB Olympic development squad, had appealed the decision to compete in the 75kg category but that it had been rejected.

Kieran Smith, who beat Aston in the Scottish Championships at the Emirates Arena last month, will go to the Glasgow Games in that category.

Mr Walker said: "Based on what the nomination panel had by way of information, the nomination was made for Kieran Smith not Aston Brown.

"An appeal subsequently came in, an appeal panel met on Tuesday, and the decision was to reject the appeal."

Boxer Joe Ham, who is trained by his dad, Joe Ham snr, in their gym in the Gorbals, will compete in the 56kg category this summer.

The 22-year-old, who fought at the last Games in Delhi, said he was going for gold. He said: "The home city will be buzzing. I can't wait."

Bowler Irene Edgar, who lives in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, will compete in the mixed pairs at Kelvingrove.

The Glasgow-born 56-year-old, who is visually impaired, took up bowls at the age of 38 at Blacklands Bowling Club in Kilwinning, Ayrshire.

She won a gold in the Four Nations and bronze at the Eight Nations and said she would be "disappointed" if she did not get a medal at Glasgow 2014.

matty.sutton@eveningtimes.co.uk

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