Black Isle squash stars Greg Lobban and Alan Clyne speak of excitement at confirmation of their Team Scotland inclusion for Birmingham Commonwealth Games
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Two squash stars from the Black Isle have spoken of their excitement at competing for Scotland at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which start next month.
Former Fortrose Academy pupils Greg Lobban, from North Kessock, and Alan Clyne, from Munlochy, were confirmed as part of Team Scotland on Wednesday morning.
It will be a fourth Commonwealth Games for Clyne and a third for Lobban, who were paired together in the men’s doubles at the Gold Coast in 2018.
However, this time around they will have different partners, as Lobban will compete with Rory Stewart as well as Lisa Aitken in the mixed doubles, while Clyne will team up with Dougie Kempsell.
“It’s great to be selected – I’m really looking forward to being part of the team again,” 29-year-old Lobban enthused.
“To represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle for squash players. The games only come round once in four years and so to be picked as part of the collective team Scotland is special.
“These games are unlike any other event, so just to be part of something with all the best athletes in Scotland is a privilege.
“Looking back at my career, competing at a Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was incredible – the noise and buzz was unbelievable.
“It was the best two weeks of my sporting career, but I’m sure Birmingham will be very special in its own way.
“Naturally I’ll be pushing hard for a medal in the singles and I’ve got really exciting partners in the doubles. I enjoy playing with them and we have already enjoyed success at the World Doubles.
“We’re going in confident, knowing we can do some damage.”
Clyne was similarly enthusiastic about his selection, with the 35-year-old adding: “It was a stressful wait for selection as even though we performed well at the World Doubles in April, it was not certain how many squash players would be selected.
“It was very exciting when I got the call a couple of weeks ago whilst I was in Egypt preparing for a tournament.
“I count myself as extremely privileged to be able to represent Scotland.
“The Commonwealth Games is a huge event. For me, as a squash player, it’s the pinnacle. So it will be an honour to wear the Scottish colours in Birmingham.
“I hope that with these Commonwealth Games being in Birmingham, the Scots will still get a great support and spur us on.”