The Commonwealth Games 2018 has kicked off with the Opening Ceremony in Australia – and a host of competitors from Paisley and Renfrewshire will be going for gold.
Top athletes from the region will represent Team Scotland in a number of sports at the Gold Coast, including athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey and squash.
The 2018 Games runs from April 4 – 15 and will see more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories taking part.
Team Scotland put in a record-breaking performance at the Glasgow 2014 Games and there are high hopes for another successful showing in 2018.
Here, we take a look at all of the local names aiming for success in Australia.
Kilbarchan AAC runner Callum Hawkins will take part in the marathon and will be joined in athletics events by Paisley’s Allan Smith in the high jump.
Lennie Waite, who was born in Paisley and lives in Texas, represents the area in the 3000m steeplechase.
Paisley-born Eleanor O’Donnell is part of the women’s doubles badminton team and local resident Adam Hall will also take part in the men’s doubles.
Basketball star Kieron Achara, who lives in Paisley, is the current captain of Scotland and Great Britain and will make his Commonwealth Games debut at the Gold Coast.
Keiron will be joined in the team by locals Chris Cleary and teenager Callan Low.
Johnstone resident Robbie McKechnie takes to the ring in the 64kg light welterweight boxing while Paisley-born Jack Carlin and Aileen McGlynn get set to compete in the cycling.
The area is well-represented in the Scotland men’s hockey team, with six former Kelburne players named in the Commonwealth Games squad.
Kenneth Bain, brothers Alan and David Forsyth, William Marshall and Lee Morton are all from or stay in Paisley and will be joined by Kilbarchan’s Michael Bremner.
Paisley defender Kareena Cuthbert will also make the trip to Australia along with head coach Derek Forsyth, who is also a former Kelburne boss.
The town will also be represented in the gymnastics by Kevin Cham and Cara Kennedy and in squash by Kevin Moran.
Ella Gibbons, who lives in Renfrew, has been named in the netball team.
Best of luck to all the local competitors taking part in the Commonwealth Games 2018!