Airline finds Team Scotland athlete Jess Whyte’s lost wheelchair ahead of Commonwealth Games

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Jess Whyte flew in from East Midlands Airport to compete in Amsterdam this weekend, but on arrival in the Dutch capital her wheelchair could not be located.

Upon his return to the UK, Whyte’s teammates appealed for help on social media in a bid to locate his specialist equipment before the Scottish 3×3 team begin their campaign against Australia on Friday .

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A teammate has now confirmed the case has since been cleared after fears were raised she could not compete at the Commonwealth Games.

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Robyn Love wrote: “FOUND Thanks to everyone who shared, reached out, picked up the phone! We felt the love today and we will carry it into the Games with us. Thanks to @EMA_Airport and Swissport for locating it – it’s a stressful/busy time and we appreciate the immense effort”

Ms Whyte, 24, told the BBC the found wheelchair was essential for her to compete, explaining: ‘It was made for me, I’ve been training with it since March, using anything else would be like playing with high heels.”

“That means I can’t train properly with my team, which makes their preparation more difficult.

Robyn Love, Jude Hamer, Jessica Whyte and Lynsey Speirs will represent Scotland in wheelchair basketball’s first appearance at the Games. Photo, https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/

“I still have my old chair but this one is completely different, it took two months to have it custom made.

“The height, the support, it’s specifically for me and a different chair would not only affect my performance but also my safety.”

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