First athlete selected for the Commonwealth Games

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Beth Potter has been selected as the first British athlete selected for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Potter, who was selected to represent Team Scotland earlier this week, is the first triathlete to be named for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. 

Potter’s successful nomination follows a strong 2021 season, meeting the selection standards with two top-eight finishes in World Triathlon Series.

She hit the headlines in April this year, running an unofficial world-record beating 5k time of 14:41 at an event in Lancashire, and enjoyed a strong end to the year with consecutive victories in the 2021 World Triathlon Cup events in South Korea.

This will be a third Commonwealth Games appearance for the 29-year-old, having competed in Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018.

She made history last time out, becoming the first Team Scotland athlete to compete across two sports in the same Games, running the 10,000m in Athletics after completing the Triathlon individual event and team relay.

Triathlon is now her priority and having recently been announced on the UK Sport Lottery Funded World Class Performance Programme for 2022, she has her sights on a successful year.

Beth said: “I am delighted to be selected for Team Scotland.

“It will be great to represent the nation for a third Commonwealth Games, and there will be an extra buzz about having another one on UK soil.

“I was relatively new to triathlon coming into the Gold Coast, but it’s been my main focus since then and I’ve been enjoying my training in Leeds.

“It’s not been easy but I’ve kept moving forward and learning at each stage – I’ve needed to be patient but am happy with how things are progressing.

“I’m back in training now after a couple of weeks’ downtime, and it’s good to have selection put to bed so I can focus on preparation without that to worry about.”

Fiona Lothian, Head of Performance at Triathlon Scotland said “I am delighted for Beth that she has been selected at this stage for Team Scotland. It is testimony to her focus and commitment since Gold Coast in 2018 and her successful 2021 season is evidence of this.

“We hope to see further athletes added to the triathlon team in May 2022.”

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