Lanarkshire badminton stars Kirsty Gilmour and Alex Dunn have secured places with Team Scotland at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Gilmour from Hamilton and Motherwell's Alex Dunn have excelled this season, with several trophies between them.

Representing Team Scotland in netball are Bethan Goodwin from Hamilton, Strathaven's Niamh McCall and Emily Nicholl from Biggar.

The four county athletes are part of a further 92 selections, across 10 sports, which takes Team Scotland past the 200 mark. They were announced this morning (Wednesday) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

With Scotland recently drawn alongside top seeds India in the badminton team event, eight players have been selected, four of whom competed at the Glasgow Games.

Motherwell's Alex Dunn (19) won his first two national titles at the Scottish National Championships and will make his Commonwealth Games debut in Australia (Image: Lorraine Hill)

Silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour (24) goes into her third Commonwealth Games and will be in the medal hunt again, with the Rio 2016 Olympics, two European Championships silver medals and a first Scottish Open title the highlights of her recent success.

Alex Dunn (19), an exciting young talent, will make his Commonwealth Games debut, as will Eleanor O'Donnell and Adam Hall, who have both partnered Dunn to silverware, while Julie MacPherson has also made the team.

Kirsty Gilmour said: "I'm ecstatic about competing in my third Commonwealth Games, and it will be a very different experience than my previous ones.

"In Delhi I was there to soak it all in and gain experience, and then in Glasgow I was second seed and met that expectation with a silver medal.

"This time, however, the competition for the three medals in ladies' singles will be fought between maybe five or six of us, so really anything can happen.

"It's going to be tougher not having the Scottish crowd right behind me like I had in Glasgow, but I'm sure they will be with me in Gold Coast in spirit.

"We're sending a relatively young team, but one with a lot of potential. Everyone is coming off of some strong performances in tournaments, and channelling all that energy towards the Games.

"It's a really positive feeling, we just want to get started now!"

Dunn will team up with Hall in the men's doubles, in which they have already enjoyed some success.

He said: "It's only about a year now since we started playing together. We started very well with a final in Poland straight away.

"It has been a bit up and down sometimes, but a lot of good results. I'm very happy with how our partnership is going, and it will continue to go upwards."

Former Holy Cross High pupil Beth Goodwin will make her Commonwealth Games debut (Image: Jeff Holmes/JSHPIX.CO)

Netball select an exciting squad of 12 players, with an even split of youth and experience. Amongst those making their debut are Beth Goodwin from Hamilton, who was named player of the tournament on her senior debut at 2017 Netball Europe, Strathaven's Niamh McCall, the first player born in the 2000s to receive a senior cap, and Emily Nicholl from Biggar.

Team captain Claire Brownlie, who lives in Airdrie, said: "It is an amazing experience to be part of Team Scotland, I absolutely loved it in 2014 and cannot wait to join up with the wider Team Scotland family, get out to the Gold Coast and put all of our hard work into practice.

Strathaven's Emily Nicholl has been called up for Team Scotland (Image: Gary Hutchison/SNS Group)

"We have an amazing squad full of youth and experience, we are delighted with our new Team Scotland playing kit, which nods to both our Scottish Thistles presence mixed in with the Team Scotland design, and we are really excited for the opportunity to represent our country in front of the world."