Huddersfield gymnast Erin McLachlan is putting the finishing touches to her preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 16-year-old Honley High student has been picked to represent Scotland and has been building up to the big event which starts on Wednesday with a series of training camps.

She was with the Scotland team who arrived in the athletes village on Sunday in readiness for the Games.

Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) today announced team Scotland selection for Artistic Gymnastics - Frank Baines Liverpool/Crosby, Adam Cox Edinburgh/Livingston, Liam Davie Bellshill/Carnbroe, Daniel Keatings Kettering/Corby, Daniel Purvis Liverpool/Crosby, Cara Kennedy Paisley/Paisley, Erin McLachlan Huddersfield/Huddersfield, Amy Regan Glasgow/Glasgow, Carly Smith Glasgow/Glasgow, Emma White Dunfermline/Birmingham
Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) today announced team Scotland selection for Artistic Gymnastics - Frank Baines Liverpool/Crosby, Adam Cox Edinburgh/Livingston, Liam Davie Bellshill/Carnbroe, Daniel Keatings Kettering/Corby, Daniel Purvis Liverpool/Crosby, Cara Kennedy Paisley/Paisley, Erin McLachlan Huddersfield/Huddersfield, Amy Regan Glasgow/Glasgow, Carly Smith Glasgow/Glasgow, Emma White Dunfermline/Birmingham
 

She has had her fingernails specially painted for the event, featuring the blue of Scotland and also the Scottish Saltire (flag of the country).

Erin, who lives in Netherthong and qualifies for Scotland through her father, trains at the Diamonds Club in Halifax under coach Bill Smithies.

Impressive on vault, beam and floor, Erin won gold on beam at the Scottish Championships back in February and took silver in vault at the same event.

Then, in Perth in April, she maintained her form and caught the eye of selectors once again by taking silver on floor and bronze for her bar routine in the Commonwealth Invitational Meeting.

To pay for training and travel costs for a year, Erin has received help from the FV&E Brook Charitable Trust and has expressed her thanks to them in the build-up to the Games.

She was one of 22 Commonwealth Games debutants in the Scotland team while a full squad of 10 gymnasts will compete for Team Scotland at the SSE Hydro, including London 2012 bronze medalist Dan Purvis, who is one of the six gymnasts making their Commonwealth Games debut.

Three gymnasts have made the senior ranks having represented Youth Team Scotland at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man.

Winner of Team Scotland’s last Commonwealth Games medal in gymnastics – high bar bronze in Melbourne 2006 – Adam Cox is in the team along with Daniel Keatings, Amy Regan and Emma White.

Frank Baines and McLachlan join Purvis among the Games debutants, while Liam Davie, Cara Kennedy and Carly Smith will make the step up to the senior Games.

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