HELP me have the honour of playing for my country – that’s the patriotic plea from a sports star who wants to represent Scotland and Bearsden on the big stage.
Katie Drain has been selected to represent Scotland in an international shinty game later this year.
The 25-year-old has been called up for the fixture which will take place in Ennis, County Clare — on the west coast of Ireland — on October 27.
However, Katie needs to secure sponsorship from a local business to help fund the trip for the squad.
The former Bearsden Academy pupil said: “Our governing body, the Camanachd Association/Women’s Camanachd Association, have asked each player to gain sponsorship from a local business to help fund our international fixture.
“I am looking for a local business to sponsor me which will mean I have the honour to play for my country in a sport that I have enjoyed since I was a child, and still love now.”
Katie is a former member of the Bearsden and Milngavie Shinty Club and has recently began coaching the Auchenhowie youngsters.
She now plays with senior side Glasgow Mid Argyll and has already amassed a number of Scotland caps so far.
Katie, who has been playing since she was 11, added: “The competition for selection this year was very tough, as the sport has progressed and produced a high level of talented players in recent years.
“I also have recently started coaching under-12s back at Bearsden and Milngavie Shinty Club to try and encourage more young people to continue and progress in the sport.
“This will be my sixth Scotland cap at senior level, but is the first time I have been selected in three years.”
The shinty player is looking for a donation of £140 — for which the sponsor will receive two VIP tickets to the home leg of the Senior Men’s match in Inverness, including a pre-match reception; a mention in the home leg match programme and announced through the tannoy throughout the match; a replica strip of the player’s number for them to display in their company; a squad photo and a mention on the CA’s and WCA’s website.