Perth firefighter and wrestler aiming for Glasgow 2014 glory
24 July 2014
Red Watch crew member Jayne Clason hopes to go at least one better than her fourth place in Delhi in 2010
Caption: Firefighter Jayne Clason on Commonwealth Games business with Olympic Gold medal winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firefighter Jayne Clason has set her sights on wrestling her way onto the medal podium at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Perth based Red Watch crew member has been training hard for the Games since May and next Wednesday (30 July 2014) she will represent her home nation when her Commonwealth Games challenge begins.
Jayne, (29), lives in Grangemouth and has been wrestling for over five years. She made the switch from judo through UK Sport’s Talent Transfer Programme, a pro-active scheme which aims to seek out those athletes already ‘primed’ for podium success.
She has won Commonwealth championship medals in both sports and came fourth in the 2010 Games in Delhi. She also has numerous British and Italian Open titles to her name and last year won Gold at the World Police and Fire Championships. Jayne also competed in the European Championships in 2012.
After her fourth place in Delhi, Jayne is keen to go one better in front of her home supporters and said: “I enjoyed the whole experience in Delhi, but was disappointed not to get into the medals. I hope that with the home support behind me I can do better this time around.
“The support has been phenomenal so far. The atmosphere at the Opening Ceremony when we walked out into Celtic Park was electric.
“The whole experience so far has been amazing and people have been coming up to us and asking to shake our hands. It’s nothing like I have ever experienced before and it’s so nice.”
Jayne has been a firefighter for a year and nine months and is still within her probationary period with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
She said: “I would like to say hi to my friends at Red Watch and thank them for their ongoing support. They have all been so good to me.”
Jayne admits that many of her friends have never seen her compete before and says that many of them will be in Glasgow, as will her family to watch her fights.
She said: “It will be great knowing that my friends and family are there supporting me and I will be giving it my very best.”
Jayne said the way the athletes have been treated since they arrived has been nothing short of breath-taking.
She said: “The atmosphere in the village has been electric. The team is supported very well. We have physiotherapy when we need it, ice baths after training and food is always available.”
There are 14 wrestlers in the Team Scotland camp, seven male and seven female and Jayne will be ‘freestyle wrestling’ in the under 53kg weight category.
The only other Scottish Fire and Rescue Service employee in the Team Scotland camp is Women’s Hockey Manager Gordon Shepherd.
Gordon is a firefighter with Red Watch at Blackness Road in Dundee and he also took part in the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow last night.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Director of Service Delivery in the North, Assistant Chief Officer Robert Scott, said: “I would like to wish both Jayne and Gordon all the very best during the Commonwealth Games and I am sure they will do themselves and the service proud.”
Caption: Jayne during her training at Gullane with Barry Johnstone who was in her squad. He's now based at Falkirk fire station