DUNFERMLINE'S Sarah Jane Ewing is on her way to the Gold Coast after Team Scotland named the latest batch of athletes this morning.

She is one of 35 Scots who were announced, on St Andrew's Day, to fly the flag for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games next April in boxing, para-bowls, shooting, triathlon and weightlifting.

Sarah Jane, who has acted as West Fife's world champion para-bowler Maria Spencer's director, will work with Robert Barr in the B2/B3 mixed pairs when he partners Irene Edgar.

But there's no place for Dunfermline-born Billy Allan, who competed at the Glasgow Games in 2014, or for Rio Paralympic silver medallist Alison Patrick in the para-triathlon, with Karen Darke - a gold medal winner in the women's time trial H1-3 at the Games - chosen to compete.

In September, Sarah Jane was recognised for her work in para-bowls by Scottish Disability Sport, receiving the Russell Hogg Trophy for Development Coach of the Year.

The accolade, named after the late Dunfermline badminton star, was presented to her for what Disability Sport Fife (DSF) president Richard Brickley described as demonstrating "empathy, patience and adaptability in her coaching with a significant number of disabled bowlers of all levels of ability."

After starting to play bowls at Abbeyview and Headwell bowling clubs when she was 12, Sarah Jane won her first club senior championship, and the Scottish Outdoor Under-25 national singles title, in 2005.

She went on to win 23 indoor and 18 outdoor junior caps and 12 indoor and four outdoor caps at senior level before being approached to assist the Scottish Disability Sport team with their preparations for the International Bowls for the Disabled (IBD) World Championships in 2011.

Along with assisting the physically disabled bowlers, she teamed up with visually-impaired singles champion Spencer in the role of director in the pairs competition, and afterwards became her coach and director.

Janice Eaglesham, Scottish Disability Sport chair, said: "Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to announce a strong field of players to compete in two medal events at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

"Selection decisions were extremely difficult, but the five players and two directors that were chosen have a blend of experience, as well as a strong sense of team unity, which is vitally important for pairs and triples disciplines.

"I'd like to congratulate those players and directors who will represent Scotland at the highest level, and we look forward to the Games with great optimism."

Jon Doig OBE, Team Scotland Chef de Mission, commented: "Huge congratulations to all of the athletes who have been selected for Team Scotland. We look forward to them representing their families, communities and country with pride in 2018.

"Every athlete with a place on the team has met the tough selection standards, just to make the team and it is clear that we have the quality within the team to deliver our goal of having our most successful ever overseas Games."

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, added: "A massive congratulations to the latest athletes announced to represent Scotland at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

"By making it to the top of their respective sports, and being chosen to represent Scotland, they have already done a huge amount to make themselves, and all of us who will be cheering them on, so proud – and I have no doubt that will continue when the Games come around.

"Boxing, para-bowls, shooting and weightlifting have all seen great results for Scottish athletes over the years – triathlon and para-triathlon give the chance to make that success even stronger. I am really excited to see the mark all our athletes make on the Games."

The latest batch of athletes selected join those previously chosen in swimming, lawn bowls and squash.

It takes the total number selected by Team Scotland to 68, and the next selection will be those in athletics on December 12.