Homegrown wrestler Cameron McKay eyes Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Cameron McKay is working for a place at the 2020 Commonwealth Games after being part of the long list for Team Scotland

Denny’s Cameron McKay hopes to fulfill his lifelong ambition of competing in the quadrennial event next year and will take his first steps down that path next month.

The 30-year-old will join other Team Scotland members and prospects for a one-day training camp alongside other British wrestlers in Manchester.

This will be a chance for the coaches to take a look at the Tryst Lion’s Wrestling Club athlete and McKay says he hopes to thrive under the pressure and fulfill his dream.

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“This is probably my last chance to try to make it to the Commonwealth Games,” McKay said.

“I don’t want to try again in four years.

“All eyes are on you and coaches and performance teams will take a look and compare notes.

“Everything else so far has just been training to get here, now it’s really starting to achieve that goal, the hard work starts now.”

Wrestling is a family tradition for Cameron, his father Stuart, 56, still competes in the World Veterans Championships and two of his uncles, Neil and Stephen, both represented Scotland at the last Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve been involved in the sport all my life, we’re a family of Denny wrestlers and my grandfather had a club based here.

“It’s pretty cool to carry on a family tradition, we’re thrilled to have me on the list.”

Understandably, it’s been a tough year for Cameron, unable to compete or train, but he has kept himself in shape through a rigorous weight and conditioning program and will also enter training camp injury-free.

“I took part in Zoom training with the Scotland team and did a lot of running and weight training.

“It’s been relentless but it’s only about 50% of what you need to do, saving and conditioning is important. It’s not unique to me though, most others will be in the same position.

“The mental aspect is the most important thing, you have to overcome the pressure and be in the right headspace when the bell rings.”

Robert J. King