A Myerscough College basketball student will head to Australia later this year to play in the Commonwealth Games.
Callan Low has been called up for the Scotland basketball squad who will compete in the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April, when basketball will make its return to the Games for the first time since 2006.
At 17-years-old, Callan also makes history as he becomes the youngest player ever to represent Team Scotland in basketball, stepping up from being Vice-Captain of the Scotland U18 team last season. Callan is currently studying a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Basketball Studies with Myerscough College.
Callan said: “I feel incredible honoured to have been selected to represent Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. Playing for my country over the last few years has been the biggest achievement of my basketball career and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to represent Scotland at such an important event.
‘’I can’t wait to travel to the Gold Coast and wear the Scotland jersey on the Commonwealth court. Being selected for the Commonwealth Games squad at the age of 17 is a dream come true and I have had my sights set on this for years. I am grateful to Tony Garbelotto, the coaches, the selection team and basketballscotland, who have helped make my dreams become a reality. I appreciate their faith in me and I feel incredibly lucky to be on court with so many outstanding and experienced players that I have been inspired by.
‘’With only a few months to go, I am excited to get out on court and repay their faith in me as an athlete.”
basketballscotland’s Head of Performance, Barry Lang said: “We have been building towards the Commonwealth Games for two seasons now and our team is in great shape ahead of the competition. We have a great blend of youth and experience in our team and our players and staff are looking forward to representing Team Scotland in the Gold Coast.”
basketballscotland CEO, Kevin Pringle, extended his congratulations to the 12 players selected to represent Team Scotland, saying: “Everyone at basketballscotland would like to congratulate the 12 athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018. (The squad) announcement is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by each individual selected. With just a few months until the Games get underway, we are confident that training is going well and that the team will be ready to make a significant impact on the Gold Coast in April.
Scotland will kick-start their Commonwealth Games Campaign on April 5th against home-country rivals England in Group B before facing India and Cameroon in Group B.
Callan has already played for the Scotland U15, U16 and U18 teams and the Scotland Senior Men’s team, as well as the Great Britain U18 3×3 team. Last year he was selected for the prestigious Deng Camp – a special training camp for the top 50 players in the UK under the age of 19. Callan hopes to further his career and education in the USA when he graduates from Myerscough College.
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by Dave Salmon