Renfrewshire athletes soak up success at first week of Commonwealth Games 2018

Wednesday 11th April, 2018

What a first week it’s been for Team Scotland in Australia for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.

The Scots have collected a historic 30 medals (at the time of writing) – including seven gold – taking the tally past the nation’s previous best overseas Games performance.

Many of the local representatives from Paisley and Renfrewshire have also made their mark on the 2018 Games – and there could be more medals to come.

Paisley-born Jack Carlin capped off a fantastic day in the cycling on Saturday by picking up the silver medal at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.

Carlin, who was unlucky to finish just outside the medal positions in the previous day’s Kierin, was among four medal winners for Team Scotland on the night.

Local cyclist Aileen McGlynn achieved a magnificent personal best (1:08.993) with Louise Haston in the Women’s B&VI 1000m Time Trial but it was sadly not enough in the final.

Paisley’s Kelvin Cham battled through injury to pick up bronze in the gymnastics as part of the men’s artistic team along with Frank Baines, Daniel Purvis, David Weir & Hamish Carter.

Kieron Achara, who lives in Paisley, is enjoying a dream Commonwealth Games debut – captaining Scotland to a semi-final place in the men’s basketball against hosts Australia.

After four wins from four, Kieron and fellow Renfrewshire stars Chris Cleary and 17-year-old Callan Low – the team’s youngest player – now have two cracks at a medal position.

The basketball team will make yet more history on Saturday (14 April) as they become the first Scottish team sport to compete in a Commonwealth Games semi-final.

There are high hopes for local man Adam Hall and partner Alexander Dunn in the badminton men’s doubles as they take on Barbados in the round of 16 on Thursday (12 April).

Also on Thursday, Paisley-born Eleanor O’Donnell will be looking to progress beyond the round of 16 with playing partner Julie MacPherson as they take on England in the badminton women’s doubles.

Paisley’s Callum Hawkins will contest the final event of the Games when the men’s marathon gets underway on Sunday 15 April.

Hawkins was fourth at the London 2017 World Championships last summer and will be aiming for success over 26.2 miles next weekend.

Best of luck to all of the Team Scotland competitors over the remaining days at the Commonwealth Games 2018!

Find out more about the Renfrewshire athletes at the Games

It has so much history and a lovely community spirit.

Kirsty Hamilton
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