14 Wrestlers Make the Grade for Glasgow

Date: 23/04/2014

Following an intensive year-long selection period, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with the Scottish Wrestling Association today confirmed the names of the 14 wrestlers who will represent Team Scotland in the XX Commonwealth Games this summer.

Half of the wrestlers selected will be making their debut at the Commonwealth Games, with Gareth Jones making the step up from the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, where he represented Team Scotland in Pune. Brian Harper, Ross McFarlane, Alex Gladkov, Lewis Waddell, Shannon Hawke and Chelsea Murphy complete the list of debutants.

Twins Fiona and Donna Robertson are amongst the seven athletes who have featured at previous Games and they will be hoping that the roar of the home crowd will enable them to improve on the string of fourth places from Delhi. This will be the second Games in a row that the 48kg sisters have wrestled for Team Scotland having made the switch from Judo before the 2010 Games in Delhi. Both have tasted Commonwealth Games medal success with Donna taking Bronze at the 1990 Auckland Games and Fiona replicating her achievement in 2002 in Manchester.

Jayne Clason, Kathryn Marsh, Sarah Jones, Viorel Etko and Joseph Luigi Bianco complete the group who have competed for Team Scotland before.

Victor Keelan, President of the Scottish Wrestling Association, said: “The Scottish Wrestling Association is extremely proud of our athletes selected to compete for Team Scotland in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Through their hard work and the leadership of our national coach Volodymyr Gladkov, we feel we have a strong team to lead us to success in Glasgow and create a legacy for our future wrestlers.”

 

SELECTED WRESTLERS 

NAME                             EVENTS                                                BORN/LIVES

Brian Harper                      57kg                                                    Stirling/Tullibody

Ross McFarlane                57kg                                                    Glasgow/Glasgow

Viorel Etko                        61kg                                                    Gorodiste/Aberdeen

Gareth Jones                     65kg                                                    Glasgow/Old Kilpatrick

Alex Gladkov                     65kg                                                    Lugansk/Glasgow

Joseph Luigi Bianco           86kg                                                    Campbell River, Canada /Phoenix, Arizona

Lewis Waddell                   86kg                                                    Stirling/Alloa

 

Fiona Robertson               48kg                                                     Irvine/Hamilton

Donna Robertson              48kg                                                     Irvine/Hamilton

Shannon Hawke               53kg                                                     Stirling/Tullibody

Jayne Clason                   53kg                                                     Falkirk/Grangemouth

Chelsea Murphy                55kg                                                    Stirling/Tullibody

Kathryn Marsh                  55kg                                                    York/Glasgow

Sarah Jones                      69kg                                                    Edinburgh/Glasgow

 

Photo credit: Jeff Holmes