Scot to lead the 49-strong host nation squad in Glasgow
Guy Learmonth has described being voted team captain for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow as “an absolute honour”.
The Scot will lead the 49-strong Great Britain & Northern Ireland team at the event on home soil, taking place on March 1-3.
Learmonth, who made his major senior British debut at the European Indoors in Prague four years ago, received the most votes after every member of the GB team was given the chance to nominate who they would like to be captain.
“To everyone that voted for me, thank you, I am truly humbled,” he said.
“Like every championship, we need to set our goals high.
“I firmly believe we can finish at the top of that medal table and there is no better place to do it than on home soil.
“I will do my absolute best on and off the track for the rest of the team and be the best captain I can possibly be. Glasgow, get ready, this is going to be one to remember.”
The 26-year-old’s indoor season so far has included an indoor 800m PB of 1:46.98 in Boston before his second-place finish at the British Indoor Championships to secure his spot on the team for Glasgow.
Learmonth follows in the footsteps of fellow Scottish athlete Eilidh Doyle, plus Andrew Pozzi, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke and Dai Greene in being chosen captain by his team-mates. As part of his role, he will deliver the pre-championships captain’s speech at the British team meeting.
The squad will be striving to beat their all-time best medal tally, which was achieved two years ago in Belgrade with five golds, four silvers and a bronze. The full GB team can be found here.
“I am delighted for Guy that he has been chosen as captain for what is truly a home championships for him,” said British Athletics performance director Neil Black.
“Once again, we have asked selected athletes to choose who they want to lead the team and this will mean an incredible amount to Guy.
“To know you have the admiration of your peers is a special feeling for any athlete and I have no doubt that he will lead by example on and off the track in Glasgow and go above and beyond in his role as captain.”