IN FULL: The eight Courier Country sports heroes who helped Scotland’s to its most successful overseas Commonwealth Games

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Some of Courier Country's sporting heroes from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Courier Country’s sporting heroes are returning from Australia triumphant, having helped Scotland to its most successful overseas Commonwealth Games ever.

Eight sportsmen and women from across Tayside and Fife are celebrating medal wins, including three golds, in what was the most successful overseas games ever for Scottish athletes.

Team Scotland finished in eight place with a total of 44 medals won on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Among the haul were nine gold medals, 13 silver and 22 bronze.

From Dundee’s Mark Stewart to Arbroath’s Darren Burnett, Kinross’ Eilidh Doyle and Perthshire’s Duncan Scott; locals played a key part in Team Scotland’s success. Many also contributed to “Super Sunday” on April 8.


Here are all of Tayside and Fife’s Gold Coast medal winners:


Mark Stewart (Gold)

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Mark Stewart of Scotland celebrates winnng the gold

The Dundonian came out on top for his heroics in the men’s 40km points race, which Sir Chris Hoy described as one of the highlights of the games.


Darren Burnett (Gold)

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 08: Darren Burnett of Scotland celebrates during the Men’s Lawn Bowls Triple’s on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Broadbeach Bowls Club on April 8, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Arbroath bobbie Darren Burnett, along with teammates Ronnie Duncan and Derek Oliver, earned a gold at the lawn bowls men’s triples.


Duncan Scott (gold/silver/bronze)

Scotland’s Duncan Scott after winning silver in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

The swimmer made history with a haul of six medals – a record for a Scot at a single Games. He grabbed a gold for his efforts in the 100m freestyle, a silver for his part in the 200m individual medley and four bronze medals.


Mark Szanarek (silver/bronze)

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Glenrothes swimmer Mark Szaranek with his silver medal

The Glenrothes swimmer won a silver for his efforts in the men’s 400m Individual Medley and bronze for his part in the men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.


Eilidh Doyle (silver)

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Eilidh Doyle after winning silver

The Kinross athlete, selected as Team Scotland’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony, put in a great effort in the women’s 400m hurdles Down Under. She was also a member of the 4×400 metre relay team which finished in sixth place while recording a Scottish record time.


Stephen Milne (bronze)

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Bronze medalists Duncan Scott, Jack Thorpe, Kieran Mcguckin and Stephen Milne of Scotland pose during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final

The Perth swimmer earned two bronze medals for his efforts in the men’s 4x200m and the 4x100m freestyle relays.


John Docherty (bronze)

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John Docherty of Scotland looks on in his fight against Benjamin Whittaker of England

The Montrose fighter finished with a bronze medal in the Men’s 75kg category.


Lesley Doig (bronze)

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Claire Johnston and Lesley Doig of Scotland celebrate winning the women’s pairs bronze medal

Along with partner Claire Johnston, the Strathmiglo bowler earned a medal in the women’s pairs event.


Basketball heroes

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Gareth Murray celebrates after winning the Men’s Pool B Basketball match between England and Scotland

Despite missing out on a medal finish, Scotland’s basketball team had a phenomenal Games finishing fourth overall. Arbroath-born Gareth Murray was part of the Scotland squad on the Gold Coast.


Scottish rugby stars shine despite sixth place finish

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Australia’s Maurice Longbottom and Scotland’s George Horne battle for the ball in the Men’s Rugby Sevens 5-6 placing match

Team Scotland’s rugby sevens side, which features several local players, finished sixth overall at the Games, beating home nation rivals Wales 19-12 in the process. Local lads James Fleming, Matt Fagerson and George Horne all featured in the squad.


Courier Country’s hockey women

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Becky Ward in action against Scotland

Though the team left disappointed, the women’s hockey squad finished the competition in seventh place following a 4-2 win in their classification game against Malaysia. The team featured locals Katie Robertson, Becky Ward and Charlotte Watson.

“Scotland’s most successful overseas Commonwealth Games ever”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon offered her “massive congratulations” to all of Scotland’s winners on Twitter.

She said: “Forty-four medals represents Scotland’s most successful overseas Commonwealth Games ever – thanks to all the athletes and support staff for making us so proud.”

Chair of sportscotland Mel Young said: “It has been a remarkable Commonwealth Games for Team Scotland with the nation’s athletes shining on the global stage, securing a record number of medals at an away games and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

“Their success in the Gold Coast is the culmination of years of hard work and is testament to the commitment of the team behind the team, including 34 sportscotland support staff , and the leadership of Commonwealth Games Scotland.

“We are fully committed to building a world-class sporting system for everyone in Scotland, from grassroots through to performance sport, and it is clear from the success of Scottish athletes in recent years that this pathway is delivering.”

Meanwhile, athlete Callum Hawkins said he was feeling much better after his collapse towards the end of the men’s marathon on Sunday.

He will be kept in hospital overnight as a precaution before follow-up checks by a medical team on Monday.