Eilidh Child: No time for complacency

Team Scotland captain Eilidh Child is determined there will be no room for complacency at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 400m hurdles star admits she was “too content” at London 2012 and it took the edge off her performance on the track.

Eilidh failed to qualify for the final, running what would prove to be her slowest time of the year at 56.03 seconds.

But the former PE teacher from Perth has learned from the experience and has vowed to bring a renewed focus to Glasgow.

The Scottish record holder told SSE’s More for You site: “The Olympics wasn’t great for me. I was so relieved to have made the team. I was too content with being there rather than going there and doing something.

“Technically it was really bad and I just remember thinking, ‘I’ve wasted an opportunity there’. That was probably the worst I’ve felt.”

SSE is a proud sponsor of Eilidh, Team Scotland and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

She is using her experience to support and mentor up and coming young sportsmen and women, both as an SSE Ambassador for the Games and as the Team Scotland captain.

Since her 2012 setback Eilidh has since gone from strength-to-strength.

She smashed the Scottish indoor record with a personal best of 51.45 sec at the European Indoor Championship last year and is hoping to recreate that success in Glasgow.

Eilidh said: “I took from London what I will take from Glasgow: remembering why I do it.

“I want to enjoy it. I don’t want to get so worked up about it that I don’t run well or get too nervous that I don’t run well.

“So it’s all about remembering why I do the sport and why I train for it.

“It’s because I love it and I’d kind of forgotten that in London and I had to think hard about why I was doing it and what I did it for.

“I think that has helped me and geared me towards Glasgow 2014.”

Eilidh and SSE are urging fans to get behind their nation ahead of the Games and tweet their support using #GoWales, #GoEngland, #GoScotland or #GoNI.

The Home Nation with the most tweets will receive additional SSE Next Generation funding to help more young sports stars come through the ranks.