Aberdeen AAC’s Kelsey Stewart leaves tomorrow evening on her marathon journey to Australia to represent Scotland in the 4x400m relay at next month’s Commonwealth Games.
The 21-year-old from Stonehaven will fly from Glasgow to Brisbane via Dubai, arriving at the Team Scotland holding camp at Sunshine Coast 24 hours after leaving home.
She has no concerns about overcoming jet lag and acclimatising to the warm weather in the southern hemisphere.
She said: “We have been given lots of information about what we should eat and drink on the flights, at what times and how often.
“We’ve also been told when it is best to try sleeping. It’s all designed to help us recover as quickly as possible from the journey and to adjust to the new time zone we’ll be in.”
Temperatures in Australia have been about 20 degrees higher than in the north-east, but adjusting to the heat doesn’t faze Stewart at all.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to getting there and getting some heat as I am so much happier and more comfortable when it’s warm.
“It’s easier to run fast because you recover more quickly when doing speedwork.
“In any case I also have quite a bit of time to adjust as the heats of the relay aren’t until April 13.”
Stewart will be joined in the relay squad by her Aberdeen AAC clubmate Zoey Clark, who is already in Australia, along with experienced campaigners Eilidh Doyle, Lynsey Sharp and Kirsten McAslan.
With five athletes named, but only four to run, the Aberdeen University student is keeping her fingers crossed she won’t suffer the same fate as in her two previous international championships.
In 20015 she was an unused member of the Great Britain relay squad for the European under-20 championships in Sweden when the British side struck gold.
Then last summer she was part of a seven-strong 4x400m squad for the European U23 championships in Poland, but again had to watch from the sidelines while her team finished fourth.
Stewart said: “I’m fairly certain of getting a run in the heats at least, as Lynsey’s 800m final is the same day and they wouldn’t ask her to double up.
“Whether I would get a run in the final remains to be seen. I just need to concentrate on doing as well as I can.”
Stewart sets off feeling confident after scoring a 60m sprint double in an open graded meeting at Aberdeen Sports Village.