Over the next few days, a total of 366 athletes will compete for Team Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with Scotland contributing a record breaking 50 athletes. In addition to excelling in their chosen sport, many of these athletes are also social media enthusiasts, engaging with their fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Our A-Z of Scottish Athletes allows you to follow your favorite sporting stars as they share their Olympic stories (and hopefully successes). Unlike what you’ll see on the TV or read on the news websites, many of these athletes will provide us with a personal, emotional, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest show on earth. Just make sure to send them your congratulations when they bring home the medals!
Scottish Athletes At RIO 2016 Olympics Games
The Scots to watch (on Social Media)
With (nearly) all 50 Scottish Athletes using at least one social media platform, we thought we’d make things simpler for you, and give an extra special mention to 5 of our favourites. If you’re going to watch anyone – watch these guys – not just for their sporting merits, but for their engaging, lively, fun, and passionate updates, helping bring the Rio Olympic Games to life!
The British number one tennis player disappointed his 3.65 Million followers when he suspended play on his twitter account before this year’s Wimbledon tournament to avoid social media trolls. Commenting on the decision he said, “Obviously there are a lot of people who give you support but Twitter is not always the most pleasant place to hang out. So you try to avoid it as much as you can”. He’s still not back on Twitter (which is a shame – we previously named him amongst our London 2012 Team GB Top Tweeters), but he is back – better, stronger, and full of enthusiasm, particularly on Facebook.
He updates his fans regularly with behind the scenes pictures and will often interact with them directly, sometimes just sharing selfies with his dog! Andy was recently named Olympic flagbearer for the Great Britain team and expressed his happiness with a Facebook update: “I am very proud to be selected as the Team GB’s flagbearer for the Rio 2016 opening ceremony on friday. To present your country at the games is an unbelievable experience, but to lead out Team GB is an incredible honour and something I will remember for the rest of my life”.
The ever active Commonwealth, European and World Medalist is all set for the 2016 Rio Olympics showdown. She has promised to keep her fans updated on Social Media, saying this in a recent tweet: “Updating my Facebook page with pictures and updates on my journey to Rio. Check it out” . The British swimmer engages well with all her fans and adds plenty of fun and character.
Ross Murdoch made our list of Top Scots because he perfectly understands what his fans want from him, and gives it to them regularly. This 100m breaststroke contender shares information, enthusiasm, loads of pictures and actively socialises with his 14,000+ Twitter followers. There’s a lot of fun from time to time and his character shines through, but he knows the boundaries and you shouldn’t see him tweeting things he’ll regret the next day!
A Scottish contender for the 5,000m woman’s race, Eilish McColgan (the daughter of famous runner Liz McColgan – née Lynch) nearly didn’t make it to Rio due to a serious injury in 2015 resulting in surgery and metal screws in her foot! Her delight at making the team is shown through most of her social media updates, sharing her rehab programme, and intensive training regimes across all her platforms. She’s a proud Scot, and her desire to perform is evident – she’s even promised to start using Snapchat in Rio. She might not be favourite to bring home a gold, but we’re certain she’ll bring home some more fans on Facebook!
This popular Scottish swimmer is prone to outbursts of excitement and passion – and who can blame her! Her spontaneous updates ahead of the Rio Olympic games included promotion of the team GB kit, team selfies on the sofa, a first look at the event tickets, and behind the scenes images of her room in the Athletes Village! All shared in a personal, very authentic manner. Camilla is a great example of great social media engagement. She often Retweets not just her team-mates, but her followers, and gets involved on other athlete’s social profiles too! It’s also great to see Glasgow University (where Camilla studies Aeronautical Engineering) getting behind her and promoting her to the world – Rightly so!
Disclaimer – to the best of my knowledge, the links above represent the official social media accounts of the named athletes. Please contact me to amend any errors should you find them, and more importantly – if you know of any social media accounts run by either Steph Twell or Richard Kruse, please let me know! From the 50 Scots, they were the only 2 people I couldn’t find anything for!