County swimming starlet Sam Downie at the Commonwealth Games

County swimming star Sam Downie has left for the Commonwealth Games after being selected for the Scottish squad.

The East Lothian swim team member can add Commonwealth appeal to an already excellent season which has seen him break Scottish and British records.

The 16-year-old joins the team as the youngest member for the games in Birmingham, alongside veteran athletes such as Duncan Scott.

He recently ventured to Madeira to compete for Team GB at the World Para Swimming Championships, finishing seventh in the S8 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle in his first foray into elite international competition.

He will now travel to the Commonwealth Games as one of 24 elite Scottish swimmers hoping to continue his fantastic year in the pool.

Sam shared his joy at the selection on Twitter, saying he was looking forward to flying the flag in Birmingham.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that I have been selected to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, I am looking forward to what should be an incredible experience.”

Ally Whike, Team Scotland Aquatics Team Leader, said: “I am delighted with the composition of the Aquatics Team selected to compete for Team Scotland in Birmingham.

“With 60% (of the team) taking part in the Games for the first time, there is a great mix of newcomers and experienced campaigners.

“The competition in Birmingham will be world class and we know the athletes are eager for the challenge and will focus on their best performance of the season when it counts.”

The games begin on Thursday, July 28 with the swimming and para-swimming competition taking place from July 29 to August 3.