Montrose pole vaulter is all set for the Commonwealth Games

Gregor MacLean in action
Gregor MacLean in action

A Montrose athlete will be representing Scotland in the Commonwealth Games for pole vaulting.

Gregor MacLean (21) is among four more athletes who have been nominated by scottishathletics after achieving the required standard.

As well as Gregor on pole vault, Freya Ross (30), Hayley Haining (42) and Ross Houston (34) will now join Derek Hawkins and Susan Partridge in the marathon team.

Gregor, who set the Scottish Indoor Record for pole vaulting in January at 5.4 metres in Orleans, France, said: “It’s excellent to have been picked for the Commonwealth Games. I have been jumping the standards since 2012 but my coach moved away, so I had to jump a couple more times.

“It’s a weight off my mind being picked, as other people I knew I had been picked but I hadn’t heard anything.

“It’ll be great fun. I’m most looking forward to jumping in front of all those people and going to the opening and closing ceremonies.”

Gregor set a new personal best of 5.45 metres for jumping at the weekend at the British Athletic League Premiership match in Cardiff.

Gregor added he would like to thank his mum, Terri, for all her support, as well as Expro Oil and Gas, Robert Ritchie HiFi and Uppercut hair salon who have sponsored him.

With 23 athletes named for track, field and marathon back in September, there are now 27 in Team Scotland ahead of the close of the selection window.

Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Jon Doig, said: “Like every athlete other athlete awarded a place on the team, Freya, Hayley, Ross and Gregor have clearly demonstrated their ability to meet the selection standards set and have earned the right to compete for Team Scotland. We wish them all the very best in their final preparations.”

Nigel Holl, chief executive of scottishathletics, said: “All at scottishathletics congratulate the four athletes involved and their coaches, families and clubs.

Louise Martin, chair of sportscotland, added: “I am delighted that a further three marathon runners and one more pole vaulter have achieved selection for Team Scotland. Freya, Hayley, Ross and Gregor are joining the best group of athletes this country has ever produced for a Commonwealth Games, so congratulations to each of them.

“One of the main reasons we are able to prepare world-class athletes is because of the high performance support services provided by sportscotland.

“World-class experts, working with world-class athletes, give the country every reason to be excited about our prospects at what promises to be the best ever Games.”

The announcement brings the total Team Scotland numbers selected so far to 127 with an anticipated final team size in the region of 270 athletes.