TALENTED teenage gymnast David Weir is gearing up for the biggest event in his career after being selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games.

The 19-year-old from Dreghorn, a member of the City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club will jet off to the Gold Coast late next month to prepare for the hugely anticipated event, which starts in April.

Former Greenwood Academy pupil Weir, who was runner-up in last year's Scottish Championships, is relishing the experience and said: "We had a series of events in the build-up to the event and I knew if I met the criteria in them I would be selected. It's a great honour to be called up by your country and also to have the opportunity to take part in a multi-sports event.

"We have the Scottish Championships coming up in Perth at the weekend and I will be looking to put in a good performance as part of my preparations for the Games.

Weir is excited about the opportunity and said: "It will be great working alongside the likes of Dan Purvis, who won silver at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and also has World Championship and Olympic Games medals. We have a Team Scotland camp coming up before we go and then have a holding camp at before moving into the Games Village.

Asked his aims, Weir said: "England are overwhelming favourites for the gold medal, so it would be great if we could take a silver or if not bronze medal. The Commonwealth Games are a big event and it will be great to mix with people from other sports."