The celebrity world took a major baby boom at the weekend with the birth of Rochelle Humes and hubby Marvin’s baby Alaia-mai – getting creative with names now. Earlier this month bandmate Frankie announced she is pregnant with her and fiance Wayne Bridges first baby. Wayne and Coleen Rooney announced the arrival of baby boy Klay Anthony Rooney’s earlier this week. So you’d think after all that the baby scene would quite down… oh how wrong you would be.
Yes it is now Scotland’s 400m track start Lee McConnell’s turn to have the pregnancy glow. She announced that she and hubby Craig Bonthron are expecting their first baby in November.
But do not worry, the super fit mama-to-be hopes to still compete in Glasgow 2014…”The pregnancy has come as a bit of a surprise but we are absolutely delighted with the news. I plan to continue to train throughout the pregnancy but will not be competing this year.”
She has represented Scotland or Great Britain in every major championship since 2001 and picked up a silver medal for the 400m in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
McConnell is also a very key member of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team medaling with the team in European championships and Worlds. She also grabbed a silver medal in the 400m hurdles during the Commonwealth games in Melbourne in 2006. The lady definitely likes to mix it up with regards to her events but says she loves the track life.
“The 400m is a really tough event. At the moment I still really want to be out there (on the track), but I don’t know when that light goes out. I don’t really want to put a stop date on my career, I want to keep going as long as I can and as long as I enjoy it.”
The 34 year old who has won more medals than any other Scottish athlete hopes to still be in good shape physically and mentally come the time of the Games.
“With regards to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games I would ideally love to be back on the track but it is going to be a big challenge and will depend on how the pregnancy and birth goes but either way I will certainly be keen to be involved.”
Everyone is getting very excited about the Commonwealth Games being in our back yard. McConnell said: “2014 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for me, and it’s all happening in Glasgow. A home Commonwealth Games, my first baby – I’m really excited.”
Most ladies like to lose their pregnancy weight a.s.a.p however McConnell will need to be in tip top form ready to compete just 8 short months after giving birth. But the lady is in crazy form right now so no doubt what so ever she will just zip right back into shape in time for the games.
I for one would definitely love to see her competing in front of her home crowd with that home field advantage. And perhaps baby McConnell will be the youngest supporter cheering on her mommy in the 400m final.