September 25, 2013, LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western high jumper Emma Nuttall (Edinburgh, Scotland) will represent her country next summer on one of the biggest international stages as she was officially named to Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games team Wednesday.
Nuttall, who is in her third year at TWU, will not only get to compete in her first ever Commonwealth Games but she will get do so on home soil, as the 2014 event will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to Aug. 3.
“I am so incredibly happy to be selected,” Nuttall said. “This will be my first senior international competition and it is an honour to be part of this first selection. I have a lot of hard work to do over the winter in order to perform well in front of the home crowd but I cannot wait. Scottish crowds are amazing in their support, so I’m thrilled to be competing in front of a home crowd. This selection just gives me even more motivation to work hard in order to make my goals a reality.”
Nuttall is coming off an impressive summer in which she set a personal best of 1.87m while winning the British Championships. Over the course of this past year, she cleared 1.80m or higher on four different occasions.
“I think fundamentally, we’ve always talked about putting kids on provincial and national teams and we made that a priority for us, knowing that, if we have that level of athlete, we’re going to do well in the CIS,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “I think this is evidence of the fact that we are pushing our standards continually higher. I am ecstatic for Emma.”
This opportunity will also give Nuttall the rare chance to compete for Scotland. Internationally at the senior level, the Commonwealth Games is the only competition in which Scottish athletes actually get to put on a Scottish uniform. In other international events, Scotland competes under the flag of Great Britain.
Nuttall is the defending Canada West gold medalist and CIS silver medalist. In her two years at TWU, she has already collected four university medals as she earned a Canada West silver and CIS gold in her first season in 2012.
Nuttall was amongst the first 27 athletes who were selected to represent Team Scotland.