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Beaconhurst Scholar picked for Commonwealth Games Squad!


Beaconhurst triathlon scholar Sophia Green has jetted off to Australia after winning a place in the Scotland squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Sophia, 18, was selected as reserve for the four-strong triathlon mixed relay team which competes on Saturday April 9. She’ll find out this week whether she will swim, bike and run for her country – a decision which depends on the fitness of the other two women in the team.


Sophia said: “I was delighted to be selected as reserve for the Games and to have the opportunity to go to the Gold Coast is amazing. I hope both my team-mates are fine to compete but if anything does happen then I’m ready if needed and would welcome the chance to race. If not, I’ll stay out there to cheer the Scotland team on and will gain a lot from seeing the race first-hand and being part of the whole experience.”


Sophia, from Elgin, took up triathlon aged 13 after competing at a high-level in swimming and racing in cross-country events.


She joined the Triathlon Scotland Foundation Squad four years ago and moved to live in Bridge of Allan and attend independent Beaconhurst School in August 2016. She is a scholarship student which gives her the flexibility to keep up with her school studies while pursuing her triathlon goals.


Sophia trains with Triathlon Scotland coaches at the University of Stirling combining early morning swims with after-school run and bike sessions. She said: “When I was at home, I was doing a lot of training on my own which was hard as well as travelling up and down to Stirling to attend Triathlon Scotland sessions at the weekends. Moving to Bridge of Allan made life a lot easier because I can bike to the university pool every morning for swim training, head to school then train straight after school at the university track. It’s a lot easier to fit everything into my day and there are a lot more people here to train with.”


Sophia was picked as reserve for the Commonwealth Games squad following an assessment camp while training in Portugal earlier this year – a major achievement for the young athlete who has faced injury setbacks.


She said: “There were four of us being considered for the reserve spot and we had to do swim, bike and run time trials plus we had a day of mini races at the relay distances. I knew I had to perform well and was in a strong position having had a good winter training season after being unable to run properly earlier in the year because I’d suffered an ankle injury. About a week after the camp I got a call saying I’d got the reserve place – I was so excited to hear that and pleased with how my hard work had paid off.”


Sophia is now in Queensland with the Scotland squad coaches and team-mates Beth Potter, Erin Wallace, Grant


Sheldon, Mark Austin and Ferg Roberts (male reserve).


They will train together in advance of the relay which sees each competitor completing a 250m open water swim, 7km bike ride and 1.5km run course before tagging the next team member.


And after returning home, Sophia will catch up on school work before her Higher exams begin in May. She then hopes to go to the University of Stirling to do a Sports Studies degree.


She said: “The next few months are going to be a really busy time for me and I’m hoping to keep up with some studying in Australia then get on with my exams once I’m back.”


Beaconhurst pupils and staff will be cheering Sophia on should she make it to the start-line.


Director of Sport Judith Graham said: “I can’t emphasise enough just how proud I am of Sophia and her achievements. She is an amazing young woman who works so hard at both her triathlon training and when she is at school. She’s a great role model and we look forward to hearing all about her experience in Australia when she gets back.”


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