Kerry to join Scots cycling team

Uist athlete Kerry MacPhee has been confirmed in the Scottish cycling team for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Kerry becomes the first Western Isles woman ever to make the Scottish team, and she is believed to be only the second-ever Outer Hebridean to compete at the games.

Inclusion in the team — details of which were finalised yesterday (Thursday) — will mark another stage in a remark­able journey for the 28-year-old from Kilpheder. Having made rapid progress as an off-road triathlete since taking up the sport in 2010, Kerry switched focus to cycling in a bid to make the Glasgow 2014 squad.

In recent years she has juggled three jobs — working as a dementia adviser for Alzheimer Scotland, teaching PE part-time and helping out at a bike shop near her home in Stirling to scrape together the finance needed to compete at elite events across Europe.

A double gold medallist in her maiden appearance for the Western Isles at the NatWest World Island Games in Bermuda last year, Kerry will join Scotland’s largest-ever Common­wealth Games cycling squad for the Games which take place from 23rd of July until 3rd August. Mountain bike specialist Kerry will follow in the footsteps of Donald Macdonald, also from South Uist, who ran in the 1958 Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff.