Child chosen as GB & NI captain
1:14pm Monday 3rd March 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Eilidh Child has been selected as the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team captain for the upcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships.
The 27-year-old, who won 400 metres hurdles silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze in the 4x400m at last year's World Championships, was chosen by British Athletics performance director Neil Black for this week's competition.
"I was really shocked when Neil phoned me. It was the last thing on my mind that I was going to be asked to be team captain. I'm really honoured, it was a complete surprise," said Child.
"To me the role of captain is about being there to support one another. Hopefully I can add that extra little bit of support and try to keep everyone chilled out and relaxed."
The championships get under way this Friday and finish on Sunday in Sopot, Poland.
Meanwhile, 3000m runner Eilish McColgan has been forced to pull out after failing to regain full fitness following a recent minor illness.
"I was really looking forward to it but I don't feel I would do my selection justice at this moment in time," said the Scot.