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Randall celebrates gold
Over the last few months, Commonwealth Games Scotland has been involved in a number of landmark projects and decisions.
New initiative to help Scots achieve in 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist in judo, Graeme Randall MBE will lead an exciting new initiative, designed specifically to enhance the winning opportunities of Scottish athletes and coaches on the world stage. The Achieve 2014 programme has been created by Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS), with support from sportscotland to offer a select number of talented athletes and coaches the opportunity to gain critical knowledge and experience of a multisport environment. This will assist their preparations for medal success in Glasgow 2014 and beyond. As has been shown from post Games research reports, some athletes rise to the big multi-sport occasion whilst others are overwhelmed by it. Furthermore competing on home soil in 2014 will bring huge additional pressures. However with prior multi-sport Games experience, team members are better able to cope with this unique environment and are more likely to perform and deliver to their full potential. The project will cost up to £144,000 and includes funding from CGS and an award of £20,000 from sportscotland, who have also seconded Graeme to operate the programme as the Achieve 2014 Director, part of his new role as a Partnership Manager. Discussions are also ongoing with a number of other funders. Achieve 2014 will offer targeted athletes and coaches in the Glasgow 2014 sports, the opportunity to travel to the Delhi Games for a five day learning experience. Each
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team member will have the opportunity to observe their own or a similar sport in competition and will complete specific tasks, overseen by a mentor who will work closely with them to ensure they achieve a robust, performance related outcome. The search is now underway to recruit the ideal mentors who can support and inspire our future champions in the Commonwealth Games environment. It is anticipated that up to two athletes and/or one coach per sport will be selected, following a nomination process in conjunction with Scottish Governing Bodies of sport and sportscotland. Welcoming his new role, Graeme Randall said: “I am delighted to be able to use my years of experience as an athlete and a high performance coach to help others in the same position. “Just getting a glimpse of the size and scale of a Commonwealth Games will help the athletes and coaches to get a feel for what they will face, and allow them to plan how they will deal with it to make the most of their winning opportunities.” If successful, the programme will run again in 2012 with athletes attending the London Olympic Games and then for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The official anthem for Team Scotland at this year’s Games was finally selected by our athletes in January, following a public engagement process that led to much Michael Cavanagh discussion and debate. I look forward to hearing the athletes’ choice played for the first time in Delhi at our flag raising ceremony in the Village and again, when Scots reach the top of the medal podium. We continue to enjoy a strong partnership with sportscotland. This year, in addition to their annual investment of £125,000, a further £20,000 has enabled us to forge ahead with our Achieve 2014 initiative in time for Delhi. CGS has always been at the forefront of development and innovation, establishing the Commonwealth Youth Games back in 2000 and we believe Achieve 2014 will build on this. We are confident that investing in our future talented athletes and coaches will help to ensure that our athletes have the best preparation possible and can compete with distinction in 2014 and beyond. Finally, I am delighted to confirm that the Scottish Centre concept, which has been so successful at recent Games, will evolve further for 2010 to become Scotland House. A collaborative project between CGS, Glasgow 2014, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government will enable us to showcase what Scotland has to offer around Team Scotland and the 2014 Games, as well as a fantastic place to visit, live, work and do business. It will be led by Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer, EventScotland and former Team Scotland Chef de Mission.
“I would love to go to Delhi as part of the team, I just can’t wait”, said Jayne. “I enjoyed going to India in December for the Commonwealth Championships. It was really good experience and despite all our concerns we all kept fit and healthy and competed really well. The Scots won five medals in total – our best haul ever at these Championships.” February The 2009 season proved a series of Herculean achievements for Ayrshire weightlifter, Peter Kirkbride, who is poised to represent Scotland in his second Commonwealth Games.
With athletes in all 17 Commonwealth Games sport vying for selection for Delhi, CGS has continued to recognise and reward impressive performances through the Clydesdale Bank Athlete of the Month Awards. The award scheme is being run as part of the Bank’s programme of support to Team Scotland and is open to athletes in any of the 17 participating sports who are eligible to represent Scotland at the 2010 Games. Clydesdale Bank’s award of £500 to every winner ensures that athletes training and competing at this level will benefit from extra financial support to help them to achieve their goals. December Ross Stott was named Athlete of the Month for December in recognition of his impressive performance at the World Cup qualifying event in New Zealand. Ross was integral to the team’s third place finish and he was justly named the man of the tournament by the Scotland team coaching staff. “I scored the winning goal in the penalty shoot out in that match and I wasn’t keeping count before I lined up for the last penalty so I didn’t know I was playing a crucial shot, but scoring that goal topped off a memorable tournament for us and a great team effort”, said Ross.
Clydesdale Bank – Backing Team Scotland with investment in success. Whilst recognising this year has been a huge learning curve after his first taste of major competition at senior level in the European Championships, Stott hopes his growing confidence and recent form will help him get more starts for Scotland. “My primary aim is to get selected for Delhi but beyond that I would love to get a GB call up for London 2012 and follow in the footsteps of my brother Niall.” January Wrestling for women is making its Commonwealth Games debut in Delhi. It is a big sport in India and one in which the hosts have targeted significant medal success, however Scotland also plans to field some strong opposition including 25 year old Jayne Clason, who was awarded the January Athlete of the Month Award.
Jayne only took up wrestling 18 months ago, switching from the sport of judo as part of a sportscotland backed talent transfer initiative. Now she is poised to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and even has an eye on a medal in the 55kg weight category, if she can replicate her form from the Commonwealth Championships last December, where she won a bronze against strong opposition.
The 22 year old from Hurlford near Kilmarnock, holds 17 British records, three of them taken in the season-ending Scottish Senior Championships in Pitlochry. He bettered Team Scotland’s Commonwealth Games qualifying criteria by 20kg. In a final crowning glory after a spectacular season he became British Weightlifter of the Year. These fabulous achievements, have led Kirkbride to be named Athlete of the Month for February. Peter began weightlifting as an 11 year old, at 12 won the British Schoolboy Championships and at 13 he started breaking British records. Now he holds 17 different British age group records from under 15 to under 23. He’s been winning Scottish senior titles since he was 16 and holds every Scottish senior record. On the international scene, Kirkbride won gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo in 2004 and finished sixth in the last main Games in Melbourne 2006. “Melbourne was one of the best experiences of my life,” he says. “I was the youngest weightlifter ever to represent Scotland and I was up against some good competition. It was a totally different world to what I’m used to, being on the big stage with thousands of folk watching you and millions more watching you through the cameras. I’m a big show off in that way.” March 18 year old Jennifer McIntosh from Falkirk has shown she is also on target for selection for Delhi, following an impressive performance at the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships in Delhi in February, the official test event for the Games. She won gold in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Pairs competition
Sports on track for Delhi It has been a busy few months for many of the sports, with a number of them participating in training and competition opportunities in India. All have enjoyed a positive experience and also achieved some good results, whilst other sports have continued with their national and international competition programmes in search of qualification standards.
Jennifer McIntosh and backed this up with a second win in the Women’s Prone Pairs event. If that was not enough, she helped set new championship scores in both events despite still being classed as a junior. This impressive medal haul, backed up by numerous Commonwealth Games minimum consideration scores, saw Jennifer named Athlete of the Month for March. In 2008 she won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India. “Delhi was brilliant, the facilities world class, the ranges are huge and much better than anything we have here,” said Jen. “It was a good experience which will really help if I make it into the Games team for this October.” For Jen, taking up shooting was the most natural thing in the world, with mum Shirley a multiple Commonwealth Games medallist, and dad Donald a Commonwealth Games representative in 2002 and now the Scotland and Great Britain National Coach. Looking forward to Delhi Jen said, “3P is my stronger and favourite event. My aim is to make the final and I am really looking to Glasgow 2014 for medal success. However I really want to win the women’s prone. That’s the one my mum won and they are taking it out of the programme after these Games. She was the first person to win it and I would love to be the last.” To read more about the achievements of our talented athletes go to www.cgcs. org.uk
Wrestling Wrestling had its most successful ever Commonwealth Championships when it went to Jalandhar, India in December winning five medals. Viorel Etko won bronze in the 60kg weight category and Masoud Yosefi took silver in the 84kg class. In the women’s event Donna Robertson and Jane Clason both won bronze in the 51kg and 55kg respectively, whilst Ashlea McManus, 67kg took silver. Archery Scotland’s archers also had the opportunity to compete in the 2010 Games venue at the official test event in March, which was well managed by FITA, the international governing body. They found that the main stadium was well on its way to completion, with the field of play ready and most of the practice field available. The Scots were disappointed to finish just outside the medals, however it was the first outdoor event of the season and they are confident they will improve. Shooting 13 Scottish shooters attended the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Delhi in February, the official test event for the Games. They experienced first-hand the excellent facilities they will be using in October and the climatic conditions they will face. Despite some logistical challenges, the team did extremely well winning two gold medals, two silver and three bronze and setting two new Championship records. Boxing Scotland’s boxers also made the trip to Delhi in March for the Commonwealth Boxing Championships and came away with three medals. Both Stephen Simmonds in the 91kg and Ross Henderson in the over 91kg weight categories took bronze, whilst Callum Johnson qualified for the final of the 81kg event. Sadly for Callum, an injury prevented him contesting the title and he was forced to withdraw and had to settle for silver.
Cycling It was great to see Sir Chris Hoy return to international success at the world track championships in March, following a year of rehabilitation after serious injury. He took gold in the Keirin to win his tenth world title, and along with fellow Scot Ross Edgar, won bronze in the Team Sprint. Chris also expressed how important the Commonwealth Games are to him, despite the pressures of a busy British programme geared towards London 2012. “Delhi is an important stepping stone towards London. It is not crucial, but it is something I want to do. The Commonwealth Games is called the ‘Friendly Games’, it has a unique atmosphere and is a great event.” Swimming Scotland’s swimmers had a successful week at the British Gas Swimming Championships in March, with eight qualifying for European Championships. Many also posted good times in advance of the all-important Scottish Commonwealth Games trials in June. Hannah Miley was the star performer winning three medals including gold in both the 200m and 400m Individual Medley and silver in the 200m Breaststroke. In her favoured 400m event Miley recorded the second best time in the world this year. Hannah said: “I’m wanting to do well at both the Europeans and Commonwealth Games this year. I love swimming for Britain, but the Commonwealth Games is a rare chance to stand up and be proud to swim for Scotland.” Lawn Bowls At the Eight Nations test event in Delhi in April, Paul Foster took the men’s singles bronze, with Commonwealth Games veteran Margaret Letham and Caroline Brown also taking the bronze in the ladies pairs event. Scotland was one of the top performing nations, along with Australia and Malaysia. The experience against these nations on the competition surface has been highly valuable.
One by one, sport venues are being finished and readied for the Games
Delhi progress with Games planning Team Scotland Chef de Mission Jon Doig and General Team Manager Vicky Strange travelled to Delhi in March, joining the other 70 Commonwealth nations and territories, for the Chef de Missions’ meeting, all keen to get an update on preparations for the Games. This, the fifth visit to Delhi for Jon and other CGS staff in the last 12 months, is part of a comprehensive programme to review Delhi 2010 progress and to input into the Organising Committee’s planning to ensure Team Scotland is the best prepared team it can be. After concerns expressed at the General Assembly in October last year, both Jon and Vicky were pleased to report considerable progress with both the construction of venues and Games planning in key areas.
Jon said: “There are still immense time pressures, but I’m confident that with the full commitment of the Organising Company and their Government partners, along with the assistance of the Commonwealth Games Federation in key areas, the right preparations will be in place and Delhi will host a fantastic Games. The welcome from our Indian colleagues and their desire to make the Games memorable will, I am sure, make a lasting impression on our Team members and supporters come October. “We were particularly pleased to receive full briefings in the areas of medical support, security and transport which we are now reviewing with our specialist advisers. The safety and security of our team is a paramount concern, as it is at any Games, and we are happy with the preparations outlined at this stage. There is still some way to go with some venues but if they are anything like those we saw already completed, then our athletes will be competing in high quality facilities and amidst spectacular settings.”
The Games’ mascot keeps an eye on the workers’ helmets!
General Team Manager Vicky Strange described the Games village as having the potential to be amongst the best Commonwealth or Olympic Games village that our athletes will have experienced.
Scotland officials were able to see the actual block where they will be based. “The village environment is critical in allowing athletes to rest and prepare immediately prior to their competition and the village in Delhi will give them large amounts of space in quality accommodation. It also includes extensive onsite training facilities for some sports, which will be a first and a real benefit to the athletes by reducing travel time. We are also delighted that we have been allocated accommodation in our preferred location in the village which we identified and requested during our site visit last year.” The final site visit will take place in May when all of our General Team Management and Sport Team Leaders will return to Delhi for the last time before the Games. Construction continues with the Akshardham temple in the background
Scotlandâ€™s archers in action
Sport specific site visits As part of our athlete and staff preparation programme, CGS and sportscotland have supported sports to attend training camps or competitions in India. By May eight sports will have been supported, including Rugby Sevens, Swimming and Wrestling in 2009 and Archery, Shooting, Lawn Bowls, Squash and Boxing in 2010. Badminton, Cycling, Table Tennis and Tennis are also considering attending competitions in India before the Games. Some of the sports have been taking part in test events organised by Delhi 2010 which has given them a fantastic opportunity not only to experience the climatic and cultural conditions in India but has also allowed them to compete in the Games venue in Delhi. Athletes and staff who have attended these visits are reporting that they have been invaluable in fine tuning their preparations for the Games in October in a part of the world that many of our athletes donâ€™t regularly get a chance to compete in. Teams have travelled to Delhi with team sponsor Emirates Airline and have benefited from excellent service and support, particularly with excess baggage and specialist equipment. Scottish shooters warm up in Delhi
Team staff training programme The training programme for the Team Scotland staff is entering its final phase. General Team Management, Sport Team Leaders, medical staff and appointed coaches are receiving regular briefings on Delhi 2010 preparations along with updates from sports who have visited the city. Staff have also continued to take advantage of the leadership training sponsored by The Leadership Trust. Also included in this phase, will be training on how to communicate the best qualities of the Team and its constituent 17 sports to the media and wider public. This will be backed up with a media briefing for all team members at the final Team Camp in September.
Melbourne medallists Chris Baillie, Susan Hughes, David Carry and Kate Cullen model the new kit.
Team Camp marks the countdown to Delhi Prospective Team Scotland athletes were put through their paces at the first Team Camp in January. More than 230 athletes and staff representing all 17 sports gathered at the University of Stirling despite the wintry weather. The purpose of the day was to ensure all those with aspirations to be selected for Team Scotland were involved in the vital planning and preparations from the outset, aimed at maximising their chance of success at this year’s Games.
representing Team Scotland win gold and stand on top of the podium in Delhi. Up until 1958, Burns’ ‘Scots Wha Hae’ was used to mark Commonwealth Games success and since then ‘Scotland the Brave’ has been the preferred anthem.
Commenting on the importance of the Team Camp Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of CGS said: “Commonwealth Games Scotland aims to deliver the best prepared team possible, creating the right environment and giving athletes every opportunity to excel at the Games. The excellent team spirit in Melbourne was a major factor behind our success and today’s camp provides an excellent opportunity for potential Delhi athletes to build a strong team unit right from the start, reinforcing the team’s unique position of ‘17 Sports, One Team’.
The choice of anthem has been revisited again for 2010 with the Team Camp attendees left to chose between ‘Scotland the Brave’ and ‘Flower of Scotland’. Both anthems were played, accompanied by a photo montage of past Scottish medal success, to enable athletes to visualise that special moment and make an informed final decision. There was much excitement when it was announced that ‘Flower of Scotland’ had been chosen as the new Team Scotland anthem by a landslide vote of 211 to 15.
New anthem for Team Scotland The day started with the all important decision to select the Scottish anthem which will be played when athletes
It was then down to business, with a series of lectures and interactive workshops throughout the day, giving a flavour of what Delhi will be like as the host city and addressing many of the questions raised over recent months.
Kit supplier unveiled One of the highlights of every Games for an athlete is finding out what kit they will wear when they represent Scotland, particularly for the very first time. The Team Camp was the ideal time to announce that CGS has established a partnership with adidas to design and manufacture its delegation wear for Delhi. Welcoming adidas on board, Jon Doig, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) Chief Executive and Team Scotland Chef de Mission said: “We are delighted to have established a partnership with adidas to supply our delegation wear for Delhi, tailored to our own design. adidas has a first class reputation for technological innovation and a commitment to performance which is in line with Team Scotland’s own philosophy and we look forward to working with them over the coming months. We are also confident it will prove to be a popular choice with our athletes.” Robin Money, Head of Sports Marketing, adidas UK & Ireland said: “adidas is proud to be supplying Team Scotland with delegation wear for Delhi 2010. We have a long heritage in supplying teams at major sporting events and Team Scotland athletes will receive the very best bespoke team apparel.”
Dancing for Delhi!
Exciting times for Glasgow 2014 With the new brand identity and website launched, and plans for the Delhi 2010 Handover Ceremony well underway, this is an exciting time for Glasgow 2014. New brand identity Glasgow 2014 launched the new Games brand identity and website on 8th March, which was Commonwealth Day, witnessed by an audience of around 1000 people at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium, the venue which will host the weightlifting competition at the Games.
The site, designed by Dog Digital, has been built to be interactive and hosts a number of new key features, including a timeline which goes back to the decision to bid, a blog and a ‘contact us’ section, as well as hundreds of downloadable images and films.
The brand identity will be used to raise the profile of the Games and engage people across Glasgow and Scotland as well as to attract commercial sponsors with exclusive access to the brand.
Another fun new feature is the Games Channel, which has been set up to host a series of short stylish documentary films to document the Games journey.
The creative concept behind the brand is derived from the basis of all sport – Time, Data, and Measurement. Who jumps the highest, swims the fastest, lifts the heaviest. The brand identity is made up of four distinct parts and reflects that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be the 20th Games; there will be 17 sports on the programme; 11 days of competition and at the heart of our brand identity is 1 Host City, represented by “G” for Glasgow, meaning “Dear Green Place” in Gaelic.
To check out the first three films on the Glasgow 2014 Games Channel and the rest of the site go to www.glasgow2014. com
Glasgow 2014 is planning to host a series of workshops over the next couple of months for the governing bodies relevant to the Games sport programme, to inform how the brand can be used. Also launched was the new Glasgow 2014 website and digital communications platform, which reflects the brand identity.
Delhi 2010 Handover Glasgow 2014 has recently launched the search for people across Scotland to get involved in the Handover Ceremony at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Handover Ceremony is a key milestone for Glasgow in becoming the next Host City and the proud bearer of the Commonwealth Games Federation flag and includes an eight minute creative programme to showcase Glasgow and Scotland to the rest of the world. The performance, which will involve a mass choreographed dance routine, will take place in the spectacular Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and will host a capacity crowd of 60,000 for the Closing
Former athletes Rhona Simpson and Shirley Webb sport the new logo
Ceremony. The performance will be beamed live across the Commonwealth to an estimated audience of 1 billion people To encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, Glasgow 2014 has offered a £300,000 funding package to allow 96 adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds from across Scotland to take part, alongside hundreds of cast members who are being sourced from dance groups, sports clubs and organisations across the country. Glasgow 2014 aims to use this investment in communities across Scotland to establish a network of people who will be motivated by the life changing experience of being involved in the Delhi 2010 Flag Handover. This network will then develop the knowledge and understanding to inspire others in their local area to become ambassadors for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Games for Scotland The ‘Games for Scotland’ programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by EventScotland, is designed to inspire, develop and support a range of exciting events and activities this autumn, to promote pride in Scotland’s people around the hosting of the Games and Scotland’s Commonwealth heritage. It will coincide with the momentous handover of the Commonwealth Games flag in Delhi on the 14th October, creating an opportunity for all of Scotland’s communities to get involved. Sporting and cultural events that are successful in their application for funding, will deliver a celebration of contemporary Scotland and its place on the global stage.
Graeme Randall and Richard Corsie with fellow inductees Graeme Obree and Ian Stark
Commonwealth greats recognised A further two Scottish Commonwealth Games greats were recognised in the latest induction ceremony for the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in March. Lawn Bowler Richard Corsie MBE and judo player Graeme Randall MBE bring the total number of Games athletes honoured to 19.
ONE TEAM Be a part of it! Key Dates 2010 16-21 May
Team Scotland GTM and Sport Team Leader site visit to Delhi
Team Scotland nominations close
Team Scotland Delhi 2010 announced
Team Scotland Team Camp, Stirling University
2010 Commonwealth Games Village, Delhi opens
Team Scotland departures
Flag raising ceremony, Games Village
Scotland House opens Team Scotland flagbearer announcement
Opening Ceremony 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi
Closing Ceremony 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi. Flag handover to Glasgow as next Games host city
Team Scotland arrives home
CGS Annual Sports Awards Dinner, Radisson Glasgow
Team Scotland 2010 Games debrief
Photo credits: Ideal Images, Rob Eyton-Jones, SNS, Duncan McEwan, SWpix.com, Glasgow 2014, Scottish Archery
Scotland has a rich bowling history and Richard Corsie certainly contributed to it through an impressive array of titles, both indoor and outdoor. At just 19 years of age he won bronze in the Singles on his Commonwealth Games debut in Edinburgh. He added a further Commonwealth bronze in Singles in 1990 before striking gold in Canada in 1994. Richard went on to become a triple World Indoor Singles Bowls Champion and was capped continuously for Scotland between 1989 and 1998. Richard was widely acclaimed as the most naturally gifted player Scotland has ever produced and his premature retirement in 2003 was a huge loss to the game. Graeme Randall is Scotland’s first and only Judo World Champion. By the time he was
19 years old he was already Junior European Champion and had a Junior World Bronze medal. His career went from strength to strength, taking the World title in 1999 and who could forget the moment he struck Commonwealth gold in Manchester in 2002. In recognition of his outstanding level of competitive performance, Graeme was awarded the prestigious honour of the sixth Dan. Graeme retired from the sport in 2002 but has shared his knowledge and experience with the next generation of judokas as High Performance Judo Coach at the sportscotland institute of sport and as the Men’s World Class Start Coach for British Judo. He will now help to shape the success of other athletes as Director of Achieve 2014. Congratulations to Richard and Graeme.
Commonwealth Sports Development Conference now booking The 3rd Commonwealth Sport and Development Conference takes place at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library on the 3rd and 4th June 2010. The theme is Achieving Sustainable Development – Building capacity in Communities, Clubs and NGOs. The programme has been developed by Prof. Fred Coalter, University of Stirling, with the aim of bringing together an unusual variety of practitioners and funders and providing a unique opportunity to explore issues of vital importance in delivering sports-for-development and sports development programmes worldwide. The conference is run in partnership between Glasgow City Council, Culture and Sport Glasgow and sportscotland, with support from UK Sport and the Commonwealth Games Federation. For details or to book – www.regonline.co.uk/commonwealthconference The day prior to the conference, all 71 CGAs have been invited to attend a one day programme organised by Glasgow 2014 with support from CGS.
Commonwealth Games Scotland, Gannochy Sports Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA Tel: +44 (0)1786 466480 Fax: +44 (0)1786 466481 Email: email@example.com www.cgcs.org.uk