Commonwealth Queen: Kerry MacPhee realises Games dream

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Kerry Macphee, from Kilphedar in South Uist, will represent Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Kerry has become the first competitor from the Western Isles to be selected for Team Scotland, and is part of the cycling team that will compete in the mountain bike events.

Kerry competed for North Uist Athletics Club while at school at Lionacleit before moving to Stirling to study Sports Management and Physical Education.

Kerry joined Stirling Triathlon while studying, competing successfully at national and international level in Triathlon, Duathlon and Cross-Triathlon. She then decided to concentrate on mountain biking and road cycling, with aims of qualifying for Team Scotland.

Iain Campbell, Sports Development Services Manager at Lewis Sport Centre, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Kerry, who has worked so hard to make her dream come true.

She has competed abroad 10 times and raced 14 times this year in her attempts to make the team.

She has had to reduce her work commitments and relied heavily on generous sponsors and the goodwill of many people. She really deserves her place in Team Scotland.”

She represented the Western Isles at the NatWest Island Games in Bermuda in 2013 winning gold in the Individual and Team Triathlon, bronze in the Team Cycling Time Trial and bronze in the Criterium.

Kerry is always keen to pass on her experiences to young people and is one of Scottish Winning Foundation’s Champions in Schools. She recently visited schools and sports clubs in the Southern Isles, and attended the Uist Sports Day at Liniclate this week.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener, Cllr. Norman A MacDonald, said: “I am sure that Kerry will be a fantastic ambassador for both the Western Isles and Scotland.

Everyone in the Western Isles is extremely proud of her. We hope that she enjoys the whole experience and we wish her every success in the events.”

You can read Kerry’s response to her good news in this week’s Gazette.