COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCOTLAND NEWSLETTER
ISSUE 20 – SUMMER 2013
AIMING TO MAKE YOUR TEAM!
Chairman’s view 2013 is a crucial year for Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) as all the plans and preparations for Team Scotland’s participation at Glasgow 2014 start to take shape and swing into action. There has been extensive consultation with all the 17 sports on the programme to finalise the selection policies Michael Cavanagh
and standards and we thank the governing bodies for their support. We have also been working closely with the sportscotland institute of sport through a joint planning group and the ‘Mission 2014’ process, which is essential in ensuring every aspect of the performance plans are as good as they can be and that no stone is left unturned.
which aims to raise the awareness of Team Scotland and enable the public to get to know who will be representing them in Glasgow. The athletes greatly value the support of their family and friends, but to know that they have the additional backing from the Scottish public would mean a huge amount, just as it did for Team GB in London last year.
15 April was a key marker for us, when the selection period opened for most sports and already we are seeing some excellent performances from athletes rising to the challenge and delivering results which will take them a step closer to booking their place on the team.
We urge everyone across the length and breadth of the country to actively support us in our quest for medal success in Glasgow and share our journey to the Games!
It was also with great excitement that we launched our ‘Go Scotland!’ campaign
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.”
Key Games partners celebrate the Go Scotland! launch with athletes and some enthusiastic Glasgow schoolchildren
Go Scotland! The clear aim for Team Scotland is to have its largest and most successful team ever in Glasgow. With many of our athletes having experienced first-hand the excitement of a home Olympic Games in London last year, CGS is planning to replicate that national feel good factor here in Scotland. To start the build-up to the Games for Team Scotland, in April CGS 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 were published, showing prospective Team Scotland athletes in a different and unusual light, as they have never been seen before. Taken at the magnificent Kelvingrove Craig Benson – Racing fast to make your team
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 excellence. The group shot (see front cover) shows the full range of sports in the Games and the strength and unity of the team. 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! Calling for people to back the campaign, Sport 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
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “It’s a really exciting time for sport in Scotland and this campaign launch represents another significant milestone on the road to Glasgow. “The sportscotland 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 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 and Scotland. 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.”
Rebecca Bee – Beautifully poised to make your team
Libby Clegg, Para-Sport – Serious sprinting to make your team
Boxer Scott Forest signs autographs with children from St Fillan’s Primary School.
Joining the athletes were children from St Fillan’s Primary School in Glasgow. Earlier in the year they had produced Go Scotland! banners for their own Commonwealth Games festival. They brought the colourful banners along to cheer on Team Scotland and enjoyed taking part in the photos. They were also the very first youngsters to be able to collect athlete autographs on the new Team posters.
To download a free set of athlete posters and to show your support, sign up at
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Team Scotland under starter’s orders 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. Athletes from 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. 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. Already there are indications of excellent early season form, with more than 40 athletes in six sports having performed to agreed selection standards on at least one occasion. All performances will be verified, following nominations from SGBs, when initial selections are considered by CGS in September. Lawn bowls has already secured their full quota of 10 able-bodied athlete places, following outstanding medal success at last December’s World Championships. Scotland’s Badminton players also pulled out all the stops at the Sudirman Cup in May to finish top of their group and 13th overall. As a result they have secured their minimum three men’s and three women’s places for the mixed team event in Glasgow. Also inspired by the lure of a home Games, both men’s and women’s Table Tennis teams have each secured their minimum three team places following semi and quarter final places at their recent Commonwealth Championships. Explaining how the selection policy will operate, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) Chief Executive and Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Jon Doig said: “Competing for Scotland at a Commonwealth Games is a highlight of any athlete’s career and the added opportunity to perform at a home games is a privilege experienced by very few athletes. “Over the last three games cycles, Team Scotland has had increasing success not
only in terms of medals, but strength in depth. We believe this is a result of robust, clear, consistent selection policies and a strong team ethos, underpinned by improved SGB performance planning and backed by excellent high performance support from sportscotland. I can confirm this approach to selection will continue, so that each athlete selected is assured that their team-mates equally deserve the honour of representing Scotland at Glasgow 2014.” The twin aims of the selection 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. The key elements are:
All individual sports 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. All host team sport places will be accepted, with the performance target of top eight at the Games. Consideration will be given to allow athletes to participate in additional events to those they qualify in.
Sport specific selection standards have now been published and provide clear targets for athletes to achieve. For full details of the Team Scotland selection policy and sports specific selection standards go to http://www. cgcs.org.uk/glasgow-2014/teamselection-policies/
contributed to the wider Glasgow 2014 medical services planning. Round-table discussions focused on everything from the Village Polyclinic and medical support in Dundee for the shooting squads at Barry Buddon, to an oversight of the medical volunteer recruitment process. Outlining the progress made Niall Elliott said: “The Village Polyclinic will be an impressive medical centre, with access to medical specialists, advanced imaging equipment and allied healthcare professionals who will all have significant sports experience. There will also be a centre providing evidence-based recovery opportunities.
Real progress in the Athletes’ Village with accommodation taking shape
Management team impressed with Glasgow 2014 visit Site visits are a critical part of preparing any Commonwealth Games team. They form a key element of our Games planning, enabling operational programmes and policies to be tweaked to fit the unique circumstances of each Games. Despite the 2014 Games taking place on home soil, management staff from each of the 17 sports, along with General Team Management and CGS Board members, took the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the key venue layouts across the city and give feedback to Organising Committee personnel. A key focus for many present was the ability to conduct an orientation tour of the Athletes’ Village and see where Team Scotland is likely to be living in just over a year’s time. The scale of the Village, its location relative to key venues and transport links and the advanced stage of preparations impressed many of the team managers. It has also highlighted a number of options for management staff, who can now start designing the layout and allocations of individual sport’s accommodation and support service areas. Deputy General Team Manager for the Village, Gina Logan was pleased with what she saw and said: “During the Games, the accommodation identified by Team Scotland as its preferred location is on the river bank, near to the transport mall
Team staff enjoy the visit to Glasgow 2014
and the all-important dining hall. Having also heard from the head of catering, I am confident we can look forward to the high standard of 24 hour dining required for high performance athletes. “The interior of the houses will be furnished with items from London 2012 and in addition we plan to incorporate a Scottish theme for our accommodation. There are good public spaces in the Village and its close proximity to the city centre is ideal. “The development is well on track for completion and will be handed over to Glasgow 2014 in January next year – not long to go!” Leslie Roy, who got up to speed with the transport planning said: “Transport is now moving into an exciting stage with contracts for buses and cars close to being signed. With the sports programme now finalised, this will enable bus timetables for both training and competition venues to be planned effectively. “Planning will also begin to get Team Scotland’s athletes and sports equipment from the Preparation Camp in Stirling to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow and the satellite Village in Dundee/ Carnoustie. Dr Niall Elliott, Head of Medical Services, along with Lindsay Thomson, Head Physiotherapist have
New hockey stadium close to completion.
“Team Scotland’s own medical and physiotherapy planning is also progressing well and staff will be meeting soon to discuss sports-specific support and Gamestime roles. Of equal importance on the agenda is the Preparation Camp which will be supported by high performance experts from the sportscotland institute of sport.” In addition there was an opportunity to inspect the Emirates Arena adjacent to the Village and see first-hand the impressive venues where the Track Cycling and Badminton events will be held. The walk back to the Village mirrors the short walk that athletes will take to and from the Opening Ceremony venue of Celtic Park. Lawn Bowls green looks stunning already, with facility improvements well underway
Ernie Hasselsjo, General Manager, Village Operations, briefs Team staff
The afternoon allowed individual sport team managers to meet their respective competition managers with the opportunity to ask sport-specific questions. This was followed by additional presentations on key functional areas relating to the Village, sport programming, catering, accreditation and transport.
Queen’s Baton Relay plans unveiled
Jon Doig, Chef de Mission, commented: “Whilst CGS has been very close to the planning process for the Games over the last 11 years as host CGA, this was us operating in a clear Team Scotland mode. Whilst plans and documents are useful, there is nothing that compares to being able to see, walk and feel the environment we will be performing in next summer.
The first QBR was staged for the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff and has been the curtain raiser to the Games ever since. It is a tradition unique to the Games and seeks to unite the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace.
“We have some very experienced staff not only in their own sport or support areas, but in terms of their major Games experience. With Glasgow 2014 now moving from planning to operational delivery we were able to ask pertinent questions and pass on detailed feedback, to ensure that these will be a truly athlete centred and sport focused Games which has always been our vision. “Our ultimate success will be dependent on all 17 sports coming together as one team and I was delighted with the extensive interaction and camaraderie over the day between the sports and support areas, talking through what they had seen and helping to shape our plans.” CGS will now follow-up with Glasgow 2014 and important information will be cascaded down to individual athletes and coaches to assist in their preparations.
Fiona McEwan meets baton designers
Over the last few months the initial plans for the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), the iconic symbol of the Commonwealth Games, have been unveiled.
On Commonwealth Day (11 March 2013) the international sector route of the QBR was announced. From the plains of Africa to the gleaming skyscrapers of Singapore; from the tiny tropical islands of St Lucia and Dominica to Canada’s snow-capped mountains; the baton will travel over land, sea and air around the globe, visiting every nation and territory of the Commonwealth, including the first ever visit to Rwanda. It will then come home to Scotland, travelling the length and breadth of the country on its way to its final destination – the Opening Ceremony. The baton will cover 190,000km over 248 days and will be relayed on its journey by Emirates, the Official Airline of the QBR and an official Partner of Glasgow 2014. There was further news when Glasgowbased product design company 4c Design were revealed as designers of the Queen’s Baton. The innovative design culture for which the consultancy is celebrated will now be applied to this unique commission to produce a confident symbol that will lead the way to Glasgow 2014. Weighing no more than 2kg, the baton must be robust enough to withstand all weathers and various transport modes in order to be in constant working order for the 10-month period of the relay. The baton will be unveiled later this summer and begins its journey on 9 October from Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty The Queen will place her message
to the Commonwealth inside. From there, the baton will travel to Glasgow and begin its epic worldwide journey. 40 days prior to the opening ceremony, CGS will host the Scotland route of the baton, which starts on 14 June 2014. The route will be published later in the year, including details of a number of special community based events. CGS will be recruiting a number of past and future athletes to run with the baton. Fiona McEwan, Vice Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland, said: “Team Scotland is delighted that the Queen’s Baton designers have been announced and we look forward with anticipation and excitement to seeing it unveiled later this year. “The Queen’s Baton is the ultimate symbol of the Commonwealth Games and its arrival gives an important signal to the athletes that the Games are just around the corner. As the host Commonwealth Games Association, we urge the Scottish public to fully embrace the event when it makes the final leg of its journey across Scotland to Glasgow next summer. This will be a fantastic sign of their support for Team Scotland as it embarks on its quest for medal success at Glasgow 2014.” But we will all have to wait until 23 July next year to see who will have the honor of carrying the baton on its final lap into the stadium at the Opening Ceremony!
Career support scheme for sports stars A pioneering programme aimed at helping professional athletes make the transition from top flight sport to successful long-term careers has been launched by Search Consultancy – Glasgow 2014’s Official Recruitment Supporter. The Athlete Career Enhancement Programme (ACE) has been set up in order to help competitors bridge the often difficult gap between sporting and mainstream careers. The scheme will support 14 athletes from across the home nations aspiring to compete in Glasgow 2014, and match them to work placement opportunities with sponsors and businesses across the UK. Up-and-coming or established competitors, including Para-Sport athletes, aged 18 years and over are eligible for selection to the programme. The scheme will assist sportsmen and women who are keen to broaden their horizons, develop work and life skills, and explore future career ambitions in parallel with their training and competition schedule.
Athletes wishing to secure a place will be nominated by their national Commonwealth Games Association, with selections taking place later this year. In Scotland, CGS will work in conjunction with the sportscotland institute of sport performance lifestyle team. Simone Lockhart, Managing Director of Search Consultancy in Scotland, said: “Search is keen to support and inspire athletes to benefit from exploring future career paths. Nearly all athletes will have to look at careers away from their sport at some point in their lifetime. However, by applying the things they learn in sport their career opportunities are almost endless. Companies will benefit from their skills too, so it really is a win-win for both parties.”
Strongman meets soft drink Earlier this year, IRN-BRU unveiled a brand new limited edition can to mark its sponsorship, with the help of Olympian and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Peter Kirkbride. Peter teamed up with Scotland’s other national drink to bring the special edition design to life near the Clyde Auditorium – which will play host to the Glasgow 2014 weightlifting competition next year. It is the first in a series of three standout designs being created in the run up to the Games.
The special design draws on Barr’s packaging from 1901, when moustachioed Highland strongman, Adam Brown, featured on the original label of ‘IRON BREW’ as it was then known. It will also help celebrate over a century of A.G. Barr’s sporting heritage, including early sports sponsorships involving Donald Dinnie, all round Champion Athlete of the World, and Alex Munro, Champion Caber Tosser of the World and Champion Wrestler. IRN-BRU’s Head of Marketing, Adrian Troy, said: “IRN-BRU has a proud sporting heritage dating right back to 1901. We’re bringing that to life through our new limited edition design and with the help of Peter Kirkbride – a modern day ‘strongman’. We’re extremely excited to be part of what’s set to be an extraordinary event for Glasgow and the rest of the nation.”
Achieve Programme Commonwealth Games Scotland is delighted that Search Consultancy has recently committed to support the Achieve Programme for the Glasgow 2014 Games as part of its sponsorship activation plans. The programme has been designed to enhance the winning potential of Scottish athletes and coaches on the world stage by allowing them to gain critical knowledge and experience of a multi-sport environment. It provides the opportunity for aspiring athletes, coaches and mentors to attend the Glasgow 2014 Games on a special observer programme. It will build on the inaugural scheme that ran successfully in 2010, with a number of athletes and coaches who took part now in contention for Team Scotland for 2014. Achieve 2014 supported by Search, will be officially launched in the autumn and details of the athlete selection process is being discussed with governing bodies.
Virgin Media goes for gold with Glasgow 2014 In May, Virgin Media, the UK’s leading communications and entertainment company, was unveiled as the latest Official Partner of Glasgow 2014 and Team Scotland. The company will also further support the Games as Presenting Partner of Athletics. Jeff Dodds, Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin Media, said: “Glasgow 2014 will bring together the greatest athletes from across the Commonwealth for one of the biggest sporting events ever to take place in Scotland. With our Home Nation heroes and international superstars, we’re getting behind Glasgow and can’t wait to build on an amazing track record of success.” Welcoming the news, Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of CGS added: “We are delighted that Virgin Media has come on board. Our track and field athletes are showing great early season form as they strive for selection and I know just how much they are looking forward to competing at Hampden, which is such an iconic venue for Scots. The athletics competition will be world-class and it is fantastic that Virgin Media are also going to be the presenting partner for the one of the most popular sports at the Games.”
David Carry, Jonathan Edwards, and Rhona Simpson hoping for big crowds next summer.
Affordable ticketing for all! Preparations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have reached another milestone with the announcement of how people can apply for tickets to the Games. The Organising Committee unveiled details of its public ticketing programme at a briefing in Glasgow on 13 May. Commonwealth and Olympic Scottish athletes David Carry and Rhona Simpson were there to support the launch, while Olympic, Commonwealth and World champion triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards was also in Glasgow to give the Games his backing. The presence of these distinguished athletes reinforced the athlete centred, sport focused vision for the Games, as well as highlighting the importance of the home crowd. “Having packed stadia and enthusiastic crowds is what absolutely makes for an electric atmosphere at competition time – and that can really impact positively on performance,” said swimmer David Carry. “I know Scotland’s swimmers will enjoy the home advantage of a Scottish crowd shouting, screaming and supporting.” Around a million tickets will go on sale from 19 August to 16 September, and people will be able to apply online at glasgow2014.com or by using the application form provided in the Ticketing Guide. Prices start at £15 for all sports, with half-price concession tickets available for under-16s and over-60s. Twothirds of tickets to experience the action and thrills of the Games will be priced at £25 or less.
For high demand sports and sessions that are oversold – such as the 100m final – an independent and computerised draw will select the successful applications. It has been stressed that the ticketing process won’t be a lucky dip - there is absolutely no chance of requesting tickets for one sport and receiving tickets to another. Similarly, if someone asks for four tickets, they will either be successful or unsuccessful in their application for four tickets. They will not be offered one, two or three tickets.
is making it as accessible as possible for people to be part of making Glasgow 2014 the wonderful celebration of sport that I know it will be.” Commonwealth Games Scotland has also been working closely with Glasgow 2014 to ensure that an appropriate athlete’s ‘friends and family’ scheme is in place. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase by competing athletes and Scottish governing bodies and these will be ordered via CGS. Details on the number of tickets available and the application process will be communicated to SGBs and Sport Team Managers by CGS during June 2013.
To register for ticketing updates, visit glasgow2014.com/tickets
The aim of the ticketing programme is to make the Games accessible to all. Glasgow 2014 Chairman, Lord Smith of Kelvin, said: “We have listened and learnt from previous Commonwealth Games as well as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We’ve also conducted our own research. We’ve thought long and hard about the pricing, the process by which you’ll buy tickets, but also the way we communicate.” The launch met with a positive response, with David Carry commenting “It is great that the ticketing policy at Glasgow 2014
New Board members for CGS Margaret Ann Fleming, CEO of Scottish Volleyball was voted onto the CGS Board at its AGM in May along with Jackie Davidson from Scottish Golf who was re-elected. Both will now serve a four year term 2013-2017. Margaret Ann has extensive board experience within Jackie Davidson Volleyball both in the UK and internationally and is now keen to contribute to CGS’s wider sporting agenda. She has a particular interest in strategy, policy development and governance issues. She was also keen to stress a commitment to some Margaret Ann Fleming of the smaller sports and those not involved in Glasgow 2014. We congratulate them both on their appointment at this exciting time for our organisation.
Key dates 2013/2014 23 July
‘1 year to go’ – ticketing brochure launch
Tickets go on sale to general public
Initial team selection announcements
Queen’s Baton Relay gets underway
Commonwealth Games Awards Dinner, Glasgow
10–11 January (2014)
Team Camp, Stirling
Selection period closes/final nominations
Team Scotland, Glasgow 2014 announced
5-6 & 7-23 July
Team Camp / Preparation Camp, Stirling
Athletes’ Village opens
23 July – 3 August Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 23 July
Opening Ceremony, Celtic Park, Glasgow
Closing Ceremony, Hampden Park, Glasgow
Digital media given priority With the growing importance of digital media as an integral part of any communications campaign, CGS has appointed James Saker as Digital Media Manager and he will also provide wider communications support to the organisation. James is a new graduate from the University of Stirling, recently completing an Honours degree in Business Studies and Sports Studies. For his dissertation he explored the use of social media in professional football with clubs including Chelsea, Celtic and Liverpool, gaining valuable insight and experience which he will now apply first hand to Team Scotland. Excited about his new role James explained: “Social media has rapidly grown in the past few years and fits perfectly with a sporting context. It has incorporated the traditional ‘pub’ sport conversation into the online realm and also provides the public with instant access to information, sporting highlights and a look behind the scenes; things that could not previously be accessed with such ease. “Team Scotland will not only be able to connect with fans but also the general public and the ability to engage with them is not only expected in the social sporting world but also vital in driving support for Team Scotland. “The way I see it, I am in the business of noise control and the louder the Scottish crowd are in Glasgow, the more engaging the social media platforms have been.”
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