Evans turns to athletics
Ex-Scotland rugby international switches his focus to athletics
By Emma Bird. Last Updated: 08/02/12 2:06pm
Thom Evans: From the rugby field to athletics track in two years.
Former rugby star Thom Evans will compete over 60 metres in the Scottish National Senior Indoor Championships at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow on February 19.
"It is all new but I am enjoying that and the idea is to build some basic sprinting fitness.
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Having suffered a severe neck injury in Wales two years ago which cut short his rugby career, the 26-year-old has been exploring athletics ever since.
Evans, who won 10 Scotland caps, is working with coach Margot Wells, the wife of Scottish Olympic gold medallist Allan and would eventually like to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
He said: "I am looking forward to running in Glasgow. I am excited by the prospect of competing there.
"When I played there for Glasgow Rugby we used to do warm-ups in the Kelvin Hall in the winter so I am familiar with the arena and the track.
"At the moment I am simply gaining some race experience in the 60 metres. It is all new but I am enjoying that and the idea is to build some basic sprinting fitness.
"Further down the line I would think there's more chance I will be looking at 200m or 400m. That's more the goal to be honest. You have to start somewhere and get used to actual races as well as training."
The serious neck injury Evans suffered happened on February 13, 2010 in Scotland's 31-24 defeat to Wales in the Six Nations, which led to his retirement in July that year.
Scotland will take on Wales this Sunday in the second round of fixtures in this year's competition.