Shetland trio ready for Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games hopefuls Lynda Flaws, Andrea Strachan and Erraid Davies take a break from training in Glasgow. Photo: Kevin Jones
Commonwealth Games hopefuls Lynda Flaws, Andrea Strachan and Erraid Davies take a break from training in Glasgow. Photo: Kevin Jones

Shetland commonwealth trio Lynda Flaws, Erraid Davies and Andrea Strachan will fly the flag for the isles as they kick off their quest for medals in Glasgow this week.

The girls have been training hard, and both Davies and Strachan are to miss the opening ceremony at Celtic Park as they fit in in some last minute training ahead of their competitions.

Table tennis player Flaws, 21, from Quendale is competing in the team, women’s single and women’s double events, with her first appearance in the team event on Thursday.

She will be attending the opening ceremony tomorrow.

The Scotstoun Leisure Centre, where the table tennis matches are being held is where Flaws landed her first Scottish title.

And Glasgow has become “a second home” for Flaws, who is studying physiology and sports science at the University of Glasgow.

“I’ve spent the last three years in Glasgow, you’re aware of the excitement growing as the games approaches,” she said.

Lerwick lass Strachan will also be making her Commonwealth Games debut on Thursday.

The 22-year-old will be competing in the heats of the women’s 50 metres breaststroke at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Meanwhile para-sport swimmer Erraid Davies, from Skeld, will be appearing on Sunday, and at 13 years old, took the youngest team member spot of all time.

Davies, originally from Dundee, swims for Brae club Delting Dolphins and is a member of the Scottish Para Swimming Squad. The teenager will compete in the SB9 100 metres breaststroke.

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  • Rachel Buchan

    • July 22nd, 2014 22:15

    Good luck, all of you! 🙂

  • BFBS Brunei

    • July 24th, 2014 3:40

    As part of the Support a 2nd Team Initiative, British Forces Broadcasting Service Brunei will be following the fortunes of Lynda. Andrea and Erraid closely and updating our listeners on how they are getting on. We have also been taking Clyde the mascot around Brunei to highlight to those living in Shetland what life is like here in Brunei. You can see this on Facebook: Brian Chittick BFBS Brunei.
    Wishing Lynda, Andrea and Erraid the best of luck for Glasgow 2014. We will be cheering you on from afar in Brunei!

  • Davy Chalmers

    • July 24th, 2014 8:53

    Hi all, it is a great honour to be participating in the Commonwealth games. I once fkew the flag for the British army ( a very long time ago) and I still get a buzz when I think about it. So I wish you all the very very best. Just enjoy the moment.

  • Michael Hannah

    • July 27th, 2014 20:28

    Well done Erraid brilliant result . What a super star!

  • Christine alston

    • July 27th, 2014 21:15

    Having lived on unst for a period of 18 months on two separate occassions i know how the whole communities get behind these girlsxxxx i am also so proud to be scottish and have these girls representing our lovely islesxxxxwell done

  • Sandy McMillan

    • July 28th, 2014 0:05

    What a Swim you were terrific, You are a Super Star through and through, we wish all the best for the future,
    And the same to Andrea and Lynda you are all Super stars , well done Shetland can show them


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