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Commonwealth Games Hockey: South African-born Heather McEwan revels in Scotland victory

Birmingham — Heather McEwan knows all about resilience. After all, her mother played basketball in Zimbabwe as a 5ft 2in student. “My parents showed me what it means to be resilient and you work hard for what you want,” she said following her senior debut in Scotland’s superb 4-2 win over South Africa.

Born in Durban, McEwan is now a fully-fledged Scot, with her dad hailing from Oban on Scotland’s west coast. A former Holcombe player, McEwan has largely played hockey on the continent for the last five years and is currently playing for Royal Victory in Belgium. Once the draw came out for the Commonwealth Games, she could naturally only focus on the first match.

“I was waiting for that for a while,” she added. “I knew it was going to be a special one, but to run out and play was amazing.”

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