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Erraid Davies won a swimming bronze in Glasgow. Photo: Ian MacNicol

COUNCIL convener Malcolm Bell has praised the achievements of Shetland’s three athletes who successfully competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month.

Speaking at the start of Wednesday’s full council meeting, the convener said he was “thrilled” to witness 13 year old Erraid Davies, from Skeld, win a bronze medal in the 100 metre breaststroke para sport finals.

He said Davies, as well as swimmer Andrea Strachan and table tennis player Lynda Flaws, had done the community proud.

Bell revealed that he will host a short reception in honour of the three athletes on Monday.

“The national and international response to Erraid’s achievement was well deserved and at such a young age, she has been a wonderful ambassador for Shetland.

“I am sure all three athletes will go on to even bigger and better things and I hope other young folk (and perhaps not so young folk) in Shetland will now be inspired to follow in their footsteps in their chosen sport or activity.


“Thanks are also due to the parents of the three athletes, their coaches and their friends who have doubtless provided much in the way of help and encouragement.

“It is also great to see the investment made in facilities here in Shetland bear such fruit,” the convener said.

He also paid tribute to council staff and all the volunteers who made the visit of the Queen’s baton on 1 July a success.

Bell added: “My thanks too to deputy leader Billy Fox who represented the council at the ‘Support a Second Team’ event at the games and for helping to welcome our ‘Second Teams’ Jersey and Brunei to the games village.”


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