UNDER STARTERS ORDERS – GO SCOTLAND!
Scotland’s athletes are now under starter’s orders
for Glasgow 2014, with the official Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) selection
period to qualify for Team Scotland
opening at the start of April 2013.
the 17 sports on the Games programme will have just over a year to produce the
necessary performances to lay claim to a coveted place on the Team, for what
promises to be an amazing home Games. What makes it even more special is the
fact that the Commonwealth Games is the only multi-sport event where athletes
get to compete for Scotland
as a nation in its own right.
are indications of excellent early season form, with 11 athletes in three
sports having performed to agreed selection standard on one occasion. This
includes marathon runners Derek Hawkins, Susan Partridge and Hayley Haining who
all finished inside the standard at last Sunday’s London Marathon, completing
the first step towards selection. In addition, lawn bowls have already secured
their full quota of 10 athlete places following outstanding results at last
December’s World Championships.
Speaking at a
press conference in Glasgow today (25 April), CGS
Chief Executive and Team Scotland
Chef de Mission, Jon Doig, explained how the selection policy will operate.
for Scotland at a Commonwealth Games is a highlight of any athlete’s career and
the added opportunity to compete at a home games is a privilege experienced by
very few athletes.
“Over the last three Games cycles, Team Scotland has had increasing
success, largely as a result of a robust, clear, consistent selection policy
and a strong team ethos, backed with excellent high performance support from sportscotland. I can confirm that this
approach will continue so that each athlete selected will be assured of the
support of their team mates in the knowledge that all have deserved the honour
of representing Scotland
at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“The two aims of the policy are to ensure that Scotland selects a team that
performs with distinction in 2014, and has its most successful Games ever in
terms of medals won.”
key elements of the policy are:
All individual sports on the 2014 programme will be
represented by a minimum of three athletes, with the performance target of top
eight or top two thirds of the field at recent Commonwealth Games, whichever is
the tighter, being used as the benchmark.
All host team sport places will be accepted to
ensure Team Scotland
representation in each sport in the Games, with the performance target of top
eight in the Commonwealth.
Consideration will be given to allow athletes to
participate in additional events to those they qualify in, giving an
opportunity to be inspired by a ‘Home Games’ environment.
Sport specific selection standards have now been published
in conjunction with each sport’s governing body and provide clear targets for
athletes to achieve.
clear aim for Team Scotland being to have its largest and most successful team
ever in Glasgow, and with many of our athletes having experienced first-hand
the excitement of a home Olympic Games in London last year, with its venues
full of a passionate home crowd, CGS is planning to replicate that national
feel good factor here in Scotland.
the start of the build-up to the Games for Team Scotland, CGS today launched its
new public engagement campaign ‘Go Scotland!’ The campaign aims to raise the
awareness of the 17 sports in the Games and give greater profile to the
athletes aiming for selection to the team. It’s also calling for the whole of Scotland to get
behind the team by pledging their support at goscotland.org and through social media channels.
To mark the occasion
a special edition set of athlete images are being published, showing
prospective Team Scotland
athletes in a different and unusual light, as they have never been seen before.
Taken at the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and
Museum in Glasgow, the theme of the photographs
is about sport meeting culture, which will be reflected in 2014 through the
extensive cultural festival that is being organised as part of the Commonwealth
Games and which will showcase Glasgow’s
international reputation as a cultural as well as sporting centre of
shot shows the full range of sports in the Games and the strength and unity of
the team, whilst each of the individual photos links the athlete and their
sport to an exhibit or the architecture in Kelvingrove, drawing out the
parallels between the two either in terms of the movement involved or key
attributes of the sport. They aim to create a talking point and everyone will
have their own favourite!
people to back the campaign, CGS Chairman Michael Cavanagh said: “Today marks
the start of the journey to Glasgow 2014 for Scotland’s
athletes as they strive to meet the agreed selection standards for Team Scotland and we
are greatly encouraged by the performances so far.
greatly value the support of their family and friends, but to know that they
have the additional backing from the Scottish public as a whole, would mean a
lot to them, just as it did to Team GB in London
last year. This is why we have launched this campaign today to encourage
everyone across the length and breadth of the country to actively support us in
our quest for success in Glasgow
and share our journey to the Games.”
Minister Shona Robison said: “This is an exciting time for Team Scotland and all
Scottish athletes who have been in training for the Games for years - now it’s
crunch time. The Team has all the ingredients to succeed next year, with
outstanding facilities, high standards of coaching and an extra £1 million
Scottish Government funding this year for elite sport. Team Scotland will be the strongest and best prepared
team possible and I want to see everyone in Scotland get
behind all of our athletes and sign up for the Go Scotland! campaign. Together we
can boost Team Scotland
to win gold and deliver the best ever Commonwealth Games.”
Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “It’s a really exciting
time for sport in Scotland
and today’s launch of ‘Go Scotland!’ represents another significant milestone
on the road to Glasgow.
institute of sport coaches, experts, and scientists work very closely with Scotland’s high
performance athletes and, consequently, they are as well prepared as they ever
have been going into a Commonwealth Games. All of Scotland will be fully behind our
athletes, and it will be an incredible experience for them to compete in front
of a raucous home crowd.”
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “The passion and enthusiasm of home support for
Team Scotland will be a
defining element of a successful Commonwealth Games for Glasgow
“This is a
real opportunity for people in communities across Scotland to start connecting
with a new generation of home-grown sporting heroes and heroines and share the
journey with them towards success at our home Games.”
Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City
Council, said: “In the summer of 2014, many of the world’s greatest athletes
will come here to compete in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. While
clearly this will be a fantastic attraction for Glaswegians, Scots and our
visitors, it should not be forgotten that the 11 days of competition will
provide one of the biggest challenges Scotland’s finest athletes will
ever face. I am sure they will rise to the occasion and give us many
performances to remember during the Games. Let’s show our support by
visiting goscotland.org or using social media to demonstrate how much
we’re looking forward to Team Scotland
doing us proud at the Games.”