By Tom Degun

Neil_Sirton_on_right_with_Scottish_flagJuly 15 - Glasgow 2014's Athletes' Advisory Committee (AAC) has appointed three new Scottish members to broaden their expertise, including shooting gold medallist Neil Stirton (pictured right).

He is joined by badminton star Susan Egelstaff and squash player Frania Gillen-Buchert, who will now offer advice over the next three years to the Glasgow 2014 Board and Organising Committee.

The will also join the rest of the ACC in providing an athlete's perspective for the Games and play a crucial advisory role in relation to Games planning.

"The Athletes' Advisory Committee is truly valuable in our preparation for 2014 and the Committee will play a crucial role over the next three years in staying true to our vision of an athlete centred, sport focused Games," said David Grevemberg, acting chief executive at Glasgow 2014.

"All the athletes involved offer a vast amount of multi-sport experience and represent a variety of sports and disciplines.

"All of them are passionate about Glasgow staging a great Games and we're delighted to welcome the new members to the Committee."

Stirton, a current Scottish international shooting athlete, has competed at two Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2010.

He secured a silver medal in Melbourne 2006 and gold in D1elhi 2010, along with partner Jonathon Hammond, while the pair also secured bronze in Delhi 2010.

Gillen-Buchert, a current Scottish international squash athlete, also competed at two Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2010, in both singles and doubles events.

Susan_Egelstaff_with_Scottish_flag_wrapped_round_herMeanwhile Egelstaff (pictured), the current highest ranked female badminton athlete in the United Kingdom, has competed for Scotland at three Commonwealth Games in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

She secured a team bronze medal at Manchester 2002 and an individual singles bronze in 2006.

"It's really exciting to be involved in the preparations for Glasgow 2014 and being involved in the Athletes' Advisory Committee will benefit not only myself but all the athletes coming from the Commonwealth for the Games in 2014," Egelstaff said.

"We will work closely with the Organising Committee and the Board over the next three years to ensure that athletes are represented and we will be consulted on a number of issues that will affect us all in 2014.

"I can't wait to see all the work coming together to produce a fantastic Games and I can't wait to play in front of my home crowd in Glasgow."

The AAC, which now has eight members, is made up of current Scottish athletes who are aiming to compete at Glasgow 2014 and former Scottish athletes who have a vast experience in competing at Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The ACC is chaired by former Scottish international hockey player Rhona Simpson, who competed in three Commonwealth Games in 1998, 2002 and 2006 and twice represented Great Britain at the Summer Olympics in 1996 and 2000.

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