Eilidh Child to captain Great Britain & Northern Ireland team

Last Updated: 03/03/14 1:00pm

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Eilidh Child: Skippering Team GB in Poland

Eilidh Child: Skippering Team GB in Poland

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Eilidh Child will captain the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team in the forthcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Child, 27, won 400m hurdles silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze in the 4x400m at last year's World Championships.

She 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 in Sopot, Poland, this Friday and finish on Sunday.

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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