Child chosen as GB & NI captain

Child chosen as GB & NI captain

Great Britain's Eilidh Child competes in the women's 400metre hurdles semi-final during day four of the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Eilidh Child is relishing her new role

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Eilidh Child has been selected as the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team captain for the upcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships.

The 27-year-old, who won 400 metres hurdles silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze in the 4x400m at last year's World Championships, was chosen by British Athletics performance director Neil Black for this week's competition.

"I was really shocked when Neil phoned me. It was the last thing on my mind that I was going to be asked to be team captain. I'm really honoured, it was a complete surprise," said Child.

"To me the role of captain is about being there to support one another. Hopefully I can add that extra little bit of support and try to keep everyone chilled out and relaxed."

The championships get under way this Friday and finish on Sunday in Sopot, Poland.

Meanwhile, 3000m runner Eilish McColgan has been forced to pull out after failing to regain full fitness following a recent minor illness.

"I was really looking forward to it but I don't feel I would do my selection justice at this moment in time," said the Scot.

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