Barrhead high jump star David Smith is in action for Team Scotland as the Commonwealth Games begins in the Gold Coast in Australia this week.

The Giffnock North Athletics Club member will be hoping to improve on his showing at the 2014 Glasgow Games, which was hampered by injury.

The 26-year-old went into the tournament with an injury and failed to make the cut for the final.

His chance to make amends will come in the early hours of April 9 UK time when he competes in the men’s high jump qualifying round at the Carrara Stadium track.

If he makes it through this round, he will then have a shot at a medal in the men’s high jump final on the morning of April 11 UK time at the same venue.

Smith is not, however, the only local athlete hoping to make their mark Down Under.

Erin Wallace from Newton Mearns and Lisa Tobias, who lives in the town, are also part of the Scottish contingent.

Wallace was Scotland’s golden girl of the track at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, taking 1500m gold.

The 17-year-old is stepping up to the senior team for these Games, but will be hoping to make her mark in the Triathlon in the early hours of Thursday.

Weightlifter Tobias came fifth at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships, setting a new Scottish record, despite being a newcomer to the sport.

The former gymnast was inspired by watching the Glasgow 2014 Games and will compete in the 48kg category on Thursday morning.