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Dan Purvis among new athletes selected for Team Scotland

Commonwealth Games Scotland on Wednesday announced the next 29 athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Artistic gymnastics, judo, weightlifting and powerlifting athletes have been confirmed following their nomination by the respective Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport and subsequent ratification by the CGS selection panel.

The group contains 22 Games debutants, three Commonwealth Games medallists, six former Youth Games athletes and three athletes who will compete in their home city.

A full squad of 10 gymnasts will compete for Team Scotland at the SSE Hydro, including London 2012 bronze medallist Dan Purvis, who is one of six gymnasts making their Commonwealth Games debut.

Three gymnasts will make the next step up to 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 returns to the team along with Daniel Keatings, Amy Regan and Emma White.

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

Judo returns to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since the 2002 Games in Manchester, where Scottish athletes collected 10 medals in Scotland's most successful sport.

Among those medallists were Graeme Randall and David Somerville, who will act as team manager and head coach for the 14 athletes selected to represent Scotland and they will undoubtedly be able to share their vast experience.

Sarah Clark and John Buchanan are the only judoka to have already competed for Team Scotland and will make their second Commonwealth Games appearance some 12 years on, along with their 12 team-mates making their Games debut.

Clark is one of five Olympians in the team alongside Euan Burton, James Austin, Chris Sherrington and Sally Conway.

Weightlifter Peter Kirkbride provided one of the highlights of Delhi 2010 with his silver medal winning lift in the under-94kg competition and will be looking to go one better in Glasgow.

Kirkbride is joined in the squad by three female athletes making their Commonwealth Games debut.

Team Scotland will also make its first appearance in the Para-Sport powerlifting competition with Michael 'Micky' Yule featuring in the men's heavyweight competition.

Making the announcement, Team Scotland chef de mission, Jon Doig said: "With less than two months to go until the Games, we are delighted to welcome a further 29 athletes into Team Scotland from Gymnastics, Judo, Weightlifting and Para-Sport Powerlifting.

"Judo was our most successful sport when it was last included in a Games programme and we have a strong line-up once again.

"We also have a good pedigree in Artistic Gymnastics and Weightlifting with athletes who have won medals at previous Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

"The SECC Precinct will be one of the busiest venue clusters come Games time and the athletes we have announced today will most certainly be at the heart of the action."

The latest additions bring the total Team Scotland numbers selected so far to 178, with an anticipated final team in the region of 270 athletes.

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