Scarborough swimmer Gareth Mills will achieve one of his sporting ambitions when he represents Team Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this weekend.
Mills will take his place in the team for the 4x200metre relay team for Sunday morning’s heat, and will hope to be lining up again for the final later on the same day.
The pressure will be on Mills and his teammates to deliver on home soil, but the former Scarborough Swimming Club man can’t wait to get going after sampling the atmosphere in the athlete’s village this week.
Mills said: “I’m really looking forward to it, competing at the Commonwealth Games is something I’ve had my eye on for a while now and to be here swimming for Scotland is great.
“We’re expected to get into the final, but we’re up against some strong teams like Australia, South Africa and England, so we’ll have to be at our best to qualify.
“It’s been great in the athlete’s village this week with all the different people from different countries, it has been a great experience.”
Mills admits it will be difficult to compete against England, but he also knows their squad very well and will be looking to use his extra knowledge to his advantage in Glasgow.
He added: “Some of my teammates from Sheffield swim for them, so I know what they can do.
“It will be strange, but I’m excited to be swimming for Scotland at a home Commonwealth Games.
“I will be eyeing up the Olympic Games in Rio in two years time after Glasgow, which I see as a stepping stone.”