Sophie gets Commonwealth Games call-up

Sophie Hitchon will be flying the flag for Burnley at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Sophie Hitchon will be flying the flag for Burnley at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon will be flying the flag for England and Burnley at next month’s Commonwealth Games.

The Burnley-born 22-year-old, who finished 12th competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is part of England’s 129-strong squad for the Games , which begin in Glasgow on July 23rd.

She joins a squad brimming with medal prospects including double Olympic champion Mo Farrah, Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford, and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

Jan Paterson, Team England Chef de Mission said: “Athletics is our largest squad and I am delighted by the calibre of athletes that we see in this team, not just in the shape of Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champions but also young talent who can really make their mark in Glasgow and become international names in future years.

“They will have the privilege of competing in front of a huge crowd in Scotland’s national stadium, Hampden Park, which has been transformed for the Games, and will make it very special for each of them.”

Peter Stanley, Team Leader, said: “We are delighted to be taking a team to Glasgow that contains a combination of experienced athletes who have medalled at the highest levels of competition and athletes we believe are ready to make their mark at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“Seeing the form already shown this summer by athletes in the squad has been tremendous and I look forward to seeing the athletes seizing the opportunities that the Games will bring.”