A Scottish athletics icon who ran for his country with “all his heart” at the 1978 Commonwealth Games is backing a Yes vote in September.
Cameron Sharp, who won gold at the Edmonton games in Canada, spoke of his pride in representing Scotland and his wish for a Yes in the independence referendum.
Sporting success runs in the Sharp family with Cameron’s daughter Lynsey set to compete in the 800 meters competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this summer.
Cameron Sharp said: “I am very proud to be Scottish. It was always a real honour for me to stand on the medallists’ podium with the Scottish flag flying and the anthem playing. Representing Scotland was very special and I ran for Scotland with all my heart. That’s why I’m supporting a Yes vote in September.”
Alongside fellow Scots, Allan Wells, Drew McMaster and David Jenkins, Sharp won gold in the 100 metres relay at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada.
Sharp’s declaration was welcomed by Michael Stewart, the head of Sport for Yes.
The former Hearts captain and Manchester United footballer said: “It’s great that such a successful Scottish sporting icon is backing a Yes vote. The campaign is building string momentum across all areas of Scottish life.
“Scotland already competes as a nation in some sports but with independence we can represent ourselves across all sports bringing increased opportunities for Scottish athletes to compete at the highest level.
“Sporting athletes across all disciplines should have the chance that Cameron and I both had to compete for Scotland.
“A Yes vote means more opportunity for people from all walks of life, and especially for sport.”
Fellow Commonwealth gold medallist, boxer Alex Arthur helped launch Sport for Yes last month.
Sport for Yes will bring together past and present Scottish sportsmen and women and sports fans who support an independent Scotland.
The group’s members include boxer Alex Arthur, Judo Scotland team member Connie Ramsay and karate and Kick-boxing champion Samera Ashraf.