Sharman to captain Great Britain at big Glasgow event

William Sharman
William Sharman
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Corby hurdler William Sharman will captain a 30-strong GB & NI team at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match on Saturday, January 25.

The 29-year-old World 110m hurdles finalist, who continued his impressive record of making finals at the IAAF World Championships by finishing fifth in Moscow, will lead the GB & NI team against Scotland, USA and Commonwealth Select.

And he is excited to have been given the opportunity to lead out his country at the Emirates Arena in the first major sporting event in Glasgow before the Commonwealth Games.

He said: “It’s a real privilege to have been asked by Neil Black to captain the team at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match.

“Not many athletes get the opportunity to lead a team at a major event, so I’m really looking forward to making my mark on and off the track in Glasgow.

“I had another consistent year last season with another world final in one of the most competitive events in the sport.

“The aim now is to build on that performance and challenge for medals both indoors and outdoors in 2014.”

Sharman will be joined in the team by Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford and Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz.

British Athletics’ performance director Neil Black said: “We’ve got a really strong team to open up the indoor season at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match.

“It’s a great opportunity not only for senior athletes, but for our less experienced team members to go up against some of the best in the world.

“2014 is another busy year with the World Indoors, European Championships, Commonwealth Games and IPC European Championships all on the horizon.

“Glasgow will give an indication of where everyone is in performance terms at the start of the season, and I’m really looking forward to it.

“William is a very strong, respected figure within the GB & NI team, which is one of the reasons why he has been chosen to lead the team out.

“He has shown time and time again consistency in his performances and I’m sure this meet will be no different.”