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Commonwealth Games: 7 British Rising Stars to Watch

July 25, 2014
14th IAAF World Junior Championships - Day Two

This is it: the Commonwealth Games are off and running. As you turn on your television and plan your lives around viewing, take a look at these young British sportswomen who are set to impress.
14th IAAF World Junior Championships - Day Two

1. Scottish middle-distance runner Emily Dudgeon is set to compete in the 800m in Glasgow. The 21-year-old Edinburgh native made waves at both the World Junior Championships and the 2012 British Olympic Trials and it will be exciting to watch if she can capitalise on home advantage. The recent Cambridge graduate has been cited to have strong 2016 Olympic potential.

2. Lauren Price captained Wales at the 2013 U-19 World Championships… in football. She is also a four-time World Junior Champion… in kickboxing. The extraordinarily versatile sportswoman, 20, has put successful stints with Cardiff City and the Wales Senior women’s football team on hold to pursue boxing gold. She’s hugely talented and it’s certain to say she’ll be a force in Glasgow and for years to come in whatever sport(s) she chooses.

3. With two Paralympic Games (and two Paralympic silver medals) and an array of World medals already under her belt, Scottish sprinter Libby Clegg might seem an odd choice for a ‘Rising Stars’ list. In fact, she’s already snagged Scottishathletics’ 2012 Para Athlete of the Year Award. At only 24, however, Clegg still has some of her best years ahead of her. She is competing in her first Commonwealth Games and is a heavy favourite in the T12 100m and 200m events. Swimming Day Nine - 14th FINA World Championships

4. 19-year-old Northern Irish swimmer Sycerika McMahon is a two-time European Senior bronze medalist (50m breaststroke) and a two-time European Junior champion (400m freestyle, 50m breaststroke). She goes to Glasgow fresh out of her first year at Texas A&M University, where she has already made waves (err…) in the school’s record books and at the NCAA’s SEC Championships. McMahon competes in her second Commonwealth Games this summer.

5. The first of two University of Birmingham hockey players to make this list is Xenna Hughes, a 21-year-old defender who makes her Commonwealth debut with the Welsh hockey team. Whilst her team isn’t favourited to go far, Hughes is hugely talented and already has 23 Senior caps to her name.

6. With beyond-her-years composure and poised technical skill, England netballer Helen Housby can make a big impact in her first Commonwealth Games. The 19-year-old  won the Superleague for the Manchester Thunder this year with a late buzzer-beatergoal and brings her exciting talent to Glasgow.


7. Another English young-gun–and Birmingham student–set to star in Glasgow is hockey stand-out Lily Owsley. Owsley made her Senior debut last summer in the Investec World League Semi-Finals and won a bronze medal with the team at the World League Finals in Argentina. The 19-year-old forward brings speed to the English attack.


Erin Walters, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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