The journey to Birmingham 2022 is underway for Scotland’s prime squash gamers.
And Perthshire abilities Rory Stewart and Katriona Allen had been each concerned in a bio-secure doubles coaching camp earlier than Christmas.
Doubles is ready to be a serious focus over the following 18 months as Crew Scotland goal to medal in squash on the subsequent Commonwealth Video games.
Final week, the Video games choice standards for squash was finalised which Scottish Squash head coach Paul Bell hopes will focus the minds of his squad on the street to Birmingham.
“The Commonwealth Video games is the head of the game for our gamers, the one multi-sport occasion that they’re concerned in,” he mentioned.
“The doubles camp bought Birmingham on their radar and affirmation of the choice standards added motivation to coaching.
“Gamers have been lucky sufficient to coach throughout this era with the main focus being on singles.
“This camp allowed us to freshen issues up and set in movement plans for Birmingham.
“It was a great factor for the gamers to do on the finish of the 12 months and so they labored exhausting.”
Allen, who competed throughout the globe final 12 months, had moved as much as a career-high world rating and is concentrating on an additional rise.
And Stewart, from Crieff, is eager to construct on current Skilled Squash Affiliation success which included a victory in Argentina.
“Though Birmingham 2022 isn’t too distant we’re not setting our sights on any particular pairings in the intervening time,” added head coach Paul.
“Quite a bit can change in 18 months so it’s about making an attempt out completely different partnerships in blended, males’s and girls’s and protecting our choices open.
“We now have a nice group of doubles gamers and a few robust potential partnerships who may give us the perfect probability of a medal.”
The most recent coaching camp came about at Scotstoun in Glasgow.
“Having the ability prepare and get collectively for camps similar to this through the pandemic I really feel may be vastly essential for our squad psychologically,” Paul continued.
“All of our efficiency gamers have gotten exemptions for coaching and journey which allows them to coach collectively and assist maintain their profession and livelihoods.”