Huddersfield gymnast Erin McLachlan is edging ever closer to earning selection for next year’s Commonwealth Games after claiming two medals at the Sainsbury’s School Games.
The 15-year-old won silver on the floor in Sheffield as well as team bronze with Scotland, whom she qualifies for courtesy of her father, who is from the Isle of Bute.
McLachlan, a Honley High School student, was among more than 1,600 gymnasts at the School Games and, having won four titles at the Scottish Championships in June, McLachlan feels she is on the verge of securing a place at the Glasgow 2014 Games.
“It was a bit overwhelming but it was a good result. I’m really happy to come away with silver from the Games because it was the first time I had completed some of the moves on floor,” said McLachlan.
“I upped my difficulty on floor and that managed to get me a medal which was pleasing, the whole experience was amazing with all the different venues and sports.
“I hope to do some international events this year and get the qualifying scores for the Commonwealth Games. I have already qualified on the vault and beam so I need to improve on bars.”
McLachlan won the all-around, vault, floor and uneven bars titles three months ago at the Scottish Championships in Perth, underlining her future potential in the sport.
And, while pleased with her own efforts in Sheffield, McLachlan admits the Scottish team’s bronze medal win was very promising indeed.
“I just came to do my best and see what came out of it and lucky for me I produced a good performance and managed to put something together to win a medal,” she added.
“The team came third overall in the team event, we worked really hard together and it was the first time we had been together as a team so it was really encouraging.”
The Sainsbury's 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from 12-15 September 2013. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.