Thursday 16 August 2018

This Scotland athlete has gone from fan to teammate since the 2014 Commonwealth Games

The then-and-now photos show just how far Kelsey Stewart has come to compete at the 2018 Games.

Kelsey Stewart with Lynsey Sharp at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games
Kelsey Stewart with Lynsey Sharp at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games

By Max McLean, Press Association

Four years is a long time in sport, so much so that from one Commonwealth Games to the next fans have time to become the stars themselves.

That’s exactly what has happened to Scottish 400m runner Kelsey Stewart, who attended the 2014 Games in Glasgow as a spectator, but is now preparing to compete on the Gold Coast.

Stewart, now 21, posted pictures of herself with fellow athlete and 800m runner Lynsey Sharp, 27, at the 2014 Games in Glasgow as well as on the Gold Coast for this year’s event, illustrating her transition from fan to full-on athlete.

“I had taken part in the Queen’s Baton Relay just a little while prior to the (2014) Games so the whole experience of being involved in a small way and then being able to spectate was so exciting for me,” Stewart told the Press Association.

“I really idolised Lynsey so meeting her was amazing. She had just won her silver medal so there was a great atmosphere around the stadium.”

Four years on, the two are teammates for Team Scotland, and Sharp is more than familiar with Stewart’s abilities.

“I’ve run with her in a relay between these photos and have bumped into her at various competitions so I know her now,” said Stewart.

“She wasn’t aware of the photo from Glasgow so I showed her it and we had a laugh about it, and then decided to get one to compare the two side by side.

“We didn’t expect it to be so popular.”

Stewart will be competing in the 4x400m relay, which gets under way on April 13, while Sharp’s 800m campaign kicks off on April 12.

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