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TEAM SCOTLAND NEWSLETTER Issue 25 – Winter 2016/17

Congratulations to our 13 winners

Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards The inaugural Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards in September proved to be a star-studded celebration, with more than 50 Scottish Olympians and Paralympians from the Games in Rio joining 600 guests from across sport and business, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Also doubling as the public launch of the new Team Scotland brand, which created a stunning backdrop, the evening was a fitting tribute to both the achievements of Scotland’s greatest athletes and the success of individuals, schools, clubs and teams across the country. Widening the scope of the awards outside the realm of Commonwealth Games sports, Team Scotland stepped up its role as cheerleader for all of Scottish sport, with well-deserved awards made across 13 categories.

Taking centre stage were the remarkable achievements of Andy Murray. Following an outstanding season that saw him lift a second Wimbledon crown, become the first player to defend an Olympic singles title and help Britain to a historic first Davis Cup win for 79 years, Andy Murray added another accolade, as winner of the Emirates Lonsdale Trophy and 2016 Scottish Sportsperson of the Year. With Andy still on the trail to claim the coveted position of World number one, the award was collected by his extremely proud grandparents Roy and Shirley Erskine. Overall it was a special night for tennis, with Britain’s Davis Cup Team named Team of the Year, and Gordon Reid Parasport Athlete of the Year, following a first Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open, Wimbledon singles and doubles titles and Paralympic gold and silver.

Roy and Shirley enjoy the limelight

Hosted by double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson, OBE and comedian Fred MacAulay, guests had a special opportunity to hear first-hand from Scotland’s Rio 2016 stars, with several featuring as award winners and many

others taking to the stage as award presenters. There was also an emotional presentation to Commonwealth Games judo silver medallist, Stephanie Inglis. She was awarded Team Scot of the Year, marking her determined battle back to health, following a horrific motor bike accident in Vietnam earlier this year. Entertainment included a stirring set from Dougie MacLean, whilst stunt bike group The Clan provided an exhilarating lead in to the other big news of the night as Clyde, the face of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, was revealed as the new Team Scotland mascot. Met with resounding approval, Clyde will be cheering on Team Scotland all the way to Gold Coast 2018 and beyond. See full list of award winners on page 2. SAVE THE DATE: Next year’s Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards will return to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 21 September 2017.

Team of the Year

Sponsored by PSL / Canterbury

GB Davis Cup Team – TENNIS



Runners-up: Scotland Women’s Football, Team GB 4x200m Men’s Freestyle Relay (Swimming)

Scottish Sportsperson of the Year & Emirates Lonsdale Trophy

Andy Murray OBE – TENNIS

Coach of the Year

Sponsored by University of Stirling

Male Athlete of the Year

Ben Higson & Steven Tigg –

Sponsored by Commonwealth Games Scotland


Runners-up: Karen Ross (Para-Tennis), Leon Smith OBE (Tennis)

Andy Murray OBE – TENNIS Runners-up: Callum Skinner (Cycling), Duncan Scott (Swimming)

Para-Sport Athlete of the Year Sponsored by CGI

Gordon Reid – WHEELCHAIR TENNIS Female Athlete of the Year Sponsored by EDF Energy

Heather Stanning MBE – ROWING Runners-up: Katie Archibald (Cycling), Katherine Grainger (Rowing)

Thanks to our event partners and sponsors


Runners-up: Jo Butterfield (Athletics), Libby Clegg (Athletics)

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Commonwealth Games Scotland

Katherine Grainger CBE – ROWING

Swimmers Duncan Scott and Dan Wallace welcome Clyde back


CHAIRMAN’S VIEW It has been another busy year for CGS with the roll-out of our new brand and the staging of the inaugural Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards, which were a resounding success. Sporting Moment of the Year Sponsored by The Scottish Sun

Hibs score last minute goal to end 114 year wait for a Scottish Cup title Runners-up: Andy Murray and Gordon Reid win Wimbledon titles on the same day. Scotland Rugby 7s last second win at London 7s. Laura Muir sets a world leading time over 1500m, breaking British, Commonwealth & meeting record, at Paris Diamond League. Men’s 4x200m Freestyle relay team win Olympic silver in a British record

Community Hub, Club or School of the Year Sponsored by sportscotland

Aviemore Community Sports Hub Runners-up: Tranent & District Community Sports Club, Tryst Community Sports Hub / Larbert High School

However the sporting treadmill continues at a pace and as we pass the 500 days to go milestone to Gold Coast 2018, I am pleased to say that our plans for Team Scotland’s participation are well advanced. Our visit to Australia in October gave us great confidence that everything is on track and Gold Coast will build on the huge success of Glasgow 2014.

Young Athlete of the Year

Sponsored by EDF Energy Renewables

Maria Lyle – PARA-ATHLETICS Runners-up: Katheleen Dawson (Swimming), John Docherty (Boxing)

Sports Leader of the Year Sponsored by Brand Oath

The late Richard Thomas – BOXING Runners-up: Ian Beattie (scottishathletics), Maureen McGonigle (SWiS)

Sport Governing Body of the Year Sponsored by Bluefin Sport

Scottish Athletics Runners-up: Netball Scotland, Boxing Scotland

I would like to thank everyone for their support in elevating this event to the next level. It was a fantastic way to reflect on and celebrate an incredible year for Scottish sport, with so many of Scotland’s Rio 2016 Olympians and Paralympians in attendance.

Legacy 2014 Award

Sponsored by Legacy 2014

SDS Disability Inclusion Training Runners-up: MEND – MyTime Active, Glasgow Track Cycling Programme

The iconic Queensland location will undoubtedly bring a unique and relaxed Australian vibe to proceedings, whilst offering the very best in sports facilities and event organisation. We are also excited to be sending a team of at least 39 athletes to the 2017 Youth Games in the Bahamas, as this important event for the development of our young athletes moves to a new slot in the calendar.

Team Scot of the Year Sponsored by European Championships 2018

Stephanie Inglis – JUDO

Closer to home we are continuing to develop our commercial strategy and working hard to attract new partners who share the vision and values of Team Scotland, as we strive to have our best ever overseas Games in 2018. And finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and peaceful festive season.



Gold Coast promises to deliver With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just 16 months away, Team Scotland’s recently appointed General Team Management (GTM) undertook a busy site visit to Queensland, where they received an extremely warm welcome from organising committee representatives. The team took part in a useful range of meetings and presentations across all key areas of Games planning and preparations, which clearly demonstrated that things are well on track for April 2018. These were followed by a visit to the Games Village location, where great progress is being made with the new development, which will house 6500 athletes and officials during the Games in a mixture of apartment blocks and townhouses. The overall aesthetic design of the Village will undoubtedly add to an unforgettable experience for all athletes of the Commonwealth. An extensive competition venue tour, which included the Carrara Stadium which will stage the athletics plus the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, was also undertaken. This generated great confidence that these first class competition venues will inspire each and every athlete, creating amazing and memorable sporting moments throughout the Games.

Coolangatta pupils enjoy Team Scotland visit


Developing Games landscape

Games mascot Borobi stops by to say hello

The visit to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, where both the swimming and diving will be staged, was definitely a highlight, with an impromptu meeting with Borobi, the Games mascot. We look forward to introducing him to Clyde when we return for the Games! CGS Chair, Paul Bush OBE and Chief Executive Jon Doig OBE also took the opportunity to meet with youngsters from Coolangatta State School, as part Athletes village well on the way to completion!

of event’s Schools Connect programme. They were treated to afternoon tea Australian style, complete with the famous Vegemite sandwiches and Lamington cakes. The next site visit will be in May when the sport team managers, who will be appointed early in 2017, will be able to familiarise themselves with their sports venues and meet competition organisers. Finished village

Selection window opens

Mayor Jamieson welcomes Team Scotland MOU

Following the publication of the CGS General Selection Policy and Standards for Gold Coast 2018 at the end of 2015, CGS has worked closely with all 18 sports on the programme, producing a clear and objective sport specific policy and standards. This will ensure that every athlete is aware of what they have to achieve to be selected to represent Team Scotland.

Sunshine Coast to host Team Camp Prior to meeting Games organisers on the Gold Coast, Team Scotland officials visited the Sunshine Coast, a two-hour drive north, to finalise plans for its pre-Games Team Camp, signing a memorandum of understanding with Sunshine Coast Council. Up to 300 athletes and support staff will pass through the team’s official overseas preparation camp at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, whilst the excellent sports facilities at University of the Sunshine Coast and other public and private venues will be used for training. Athletes will stay for 48 hours up to three weeks before the Games begin. Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Jon Doig OBE believes the Sunshine Coast provides a great range of facilities and will be the ideal environment to ensure athletes are well prepared for the Games. He said: “The key to Scotland’s success has always been in our planning and preparation and the Team Camp plays a vital part in developing our strong team ethos and ensuring everyone is in the best possible shape for the Games. “We have spent considerable time with all 18 sports identifying the best possible location for their specific needs and for the vast majority, the facilities and environment on the Sunshine Coast and at Twin Waters in particular, will undoubtedly provide the ideal home from home for the athletes as they adjust to the travel, climate, culture and the unique multi-sport environment of the Commonwealth Games. “Some sports will come out requiring full training facilities, whilst others will be looking for rest and relaxation ahead of competition, so it’s about different things for different sports. However our priority is

enabling them all to come through and acclimatise for the Games that will be held in a warm Australian autumn when we are coming from a cold Scottish winter.” Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman, Paul Bush OBE added: “I am delighted that we have now signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sunshine Coast and we are excited about working closely with colleagues there and in Gold Coast to deliver our best ever overseas Commonwealth Games performance.” The Team Scotland Team Camp on the Sunshine Coast is being supported by sportscotland as part of its overall investment in CGS and is also benefiting from support from the Sunshine Coast Council and its partners.

The majority of sports have already published these in advance of the start of the selection window on 1 January 2017. The initial phase of selection will commence from 30 August and close 30 November 2017, with the final team selection following the closing of the selection window on 14 February 2018. For the first time, the Commonwealth Games Federation has introduced a quota for the number of athletes that each country, including Scotland, can enter into the Games. As a result our team selections will comply with this condition.

CGS is delighted to announce the continuation of the ‘Achieve’ programme for a third successive Games. Aspiring young athletes and coaches will have a fabulous opportunity to experience Gold Coast 2018 as part of a structured learning and development programme in preparation for their own participation in future major sporting events, including Commonwealth Youth Games and Commonwealth Games. For Gold Coast, this programme will be led jointly by Achieve Directors Mary McClung and Scott Forrest, both former international athletes, who were also involved in this programme during the Glasgow 2014 Games. Together they aim to develop and deliver the best ever Achieve programme, bringing extensive experience from their full-time roles as Performance Lifestyle Advisers within the sportscotland Institute of Sport. Details of the programme and the selection process will be shared with sports in due course.

Athletes will prepare at Twin Waters resort


Record breaking Queen’s Baton Relay revealed with 500 days to go

Games Ambassador Sally Pearson shows off the Baton

To mark 500 days to go until the 2018 Commonwealth Games get underway, the Gold Coast Organising Committee (GOLDOC) has revealed the design and route for the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR). One of the most iconic symbols of the ‘Friendly’ Games, the QBR celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sport and culture to come. Designed for each Games by the host nation, the Queen’s Baton bears a personal message to the athletes of the Commonwealth from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is carried by thousands of batonbearers on a journey from Buckingham Palace to the Opening Ceremony, where the message is read out. Leaving London on Commonwealth Day, 13 March 2017, the Baton will embark on the longest and most accessible relay in Games history, covering 230,000km over 388 days, as it makes its way through the six Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania. For the first time, the Baton will be present at the Commonwealth Youth

Games, which take place in Nassau, Bahamas from 18-23 July, before arriving in Scotland in August 2017. The distinctive loop design of the Baton is made of macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic sourced from Gold Coast waterways and inspired by the region’s vibrant spirit and indigenous heritage. It will finally land on Australian soil in December and spend 100 days travelling through Australia, finishing its journey at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018. Plans are already underway for an exciting programme of events when the Baton travels through Scotland 2228 August, with CGS responsible for selecting the inspiring individuals who will act as batonbearers.

Paul Bush OBE, Chair, Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is an important part of the journey to each Commonwealth Games and provided so many special moments in the lead up to Glasgow 2014. “The Baton’s arrival in Scotland will be a fantastic opportunity for local communities, schools, athletes past, present and future to engage with the Games and the values it represents. In particular it will mark the final build-up to Gold Coast 2018 when we want everyone to show their support for Team Scotland as we prepare to make the nation proud once again.”

MEET THE TEAM Key to the success of every Commonwealth Games team is the recruitment and development of a high quality General Team Management, with a range of complementary skills and experience. CGS is delighted that this group of key individuals is now in place for Gold Coast 2018, along with Team Camp staff. The visit to Australia in October provided the perfect platform for the management team to start working together, on what will be an important collective journey over the next 16 months.


Chef de Mission

Jon Doig

Deputy Chef de Mission

Elinor Middlemiss

Team Scotland Chef De Mission, Jon Doig OBE said: “We are absolutely delighted with the calibre of appointments we have made to Team Scotland for Gold Coast 2018, with an exciting blend of returning staff and those stepping into new roles for the first time. They all bring extensive experience as former athletes, managers and coaches across a wide range of sports and from numerous multi-sport events.”

Head of Media & Communications

Katriona Bush

Chief Medical Officer

Niall Elliott

Head Physiotherapist

Stephen Mutch

Athlete & Games Services

Euan Burton

Performance Services

David Somerville

Transport & Sports Logistics

Leslie Roy

Accommdation & Village Services

Jennifer Livingstone

The next phase of appointments will take place in early 2017 when Team Managers for each of the 18 sports, medical and media staff will be confirmed.

Team Camp Director

Stuart Turner

Team Camp Managers

Aileen McGillivary, Irene Riach, Vicky Strange

Games debut, as well as a return for cycling, last held in 2011. In addition, the sports programme will include athletics, boxing, swimming and tennis. Thomas Robinson Stadium

Next stop Bahamas for Youth Games 2017 The sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in the Bahamas from 18-23 July 2017, the first time a Commonwealth Games event will have been held in the Caribbean for over 50 years. It will take place in the capital Nassau, venue for the prestigious IAAF World Relays event in 2014 and 2015. The Opening Ceremony will take place on 18 July and will be followed by five days of competition from 19-23 July. And in keeping with tradition, a cultural week is scheduled to run alongside the Games to allow athletes to mix with their peers from around the Commonwealth and learn about other cultures. The Youth Games is a fantastic opportunity for young athletes to understand the unique environment of a multi-sport event and gain invaluable experience to help them in their ambitions to represent and win medals

for Team Scotland at future Commonwealth Games.

The selection period is currently open and will close on 30 April 2017. Athletes are already aware of what they are required to achieve to gain selection for Team Scotland. Team Scotland’s meticulous planning and preparations are well under way and will continue in earnest in 2017 to ensure the selected athletes have the opportunity to perform at their best, while absorbing everything the experience has to offer. Island hotels will form the Village

Team Scotland will select up to 39 athletes to participate in six sports, with potential additional representation in beach volleyball and rugby 7s still to be confirmed. The sports programme will see judo make its Youth

Colin Gregor to lead Youth Games Team Congratulations to former Team Scotland Rugby 7s star, Colin Gregor, who has been appointed as General Team Manager for the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games. Scotland 7s’ most capped player and third highest points scorer of all-time, Colin represented Team Scotland at two Commonwealth Games, including as captain at Glasgow 2014. Now a Director on the CGS Board, Colin is also a member of the International Rugby Players’ Association Player Advisory Board and was the sole representative for rugby at the International Olympic Committee Athlete Forum. Colin will be responsible for the overall leadership, motivation and unity of the team at Bahamas 2017 and is keen to

share his extensive sporting experience with the next generation of Team Scotland athletes. “I am delighted to be appointed to such an important position,” he said. “The Youth Games are a fantastic opportunity for exciting young athletes to experience a multi-sport event and it’s so important that they have a positive first experience of competing for Team Scotland. I look forward to working with the wider team to provide an incredible experience for the athletes participating.”


the best possible Games experience for our athletes and staff to enable them to perform to their best. The look and feel of the design is a visual representation of all 18 sports uniting as one Team Scotland and I have no doubt that our athletes will be proud to wear this kit for one of the biggest competitions of their careers.

Canterbury named as official kit supplier Team kit plays a key role in uniting athletes in a multi-sport team and we are excited that Canterbury of New Zealand, the performance sportswear brand, has been selected as the official Team Scotland kit supplier. Known for quality and innovation, Canterbury will supply Team Scotland’s kit at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in partnership with Scottish company PSL Team Sports, the leading distributer of ‘CCC’ made to order products in the UK, who supplied the 2015 Youth Games Team. Canterbury has been commissioned to produce a range of high quality performance kit and sports team wear, which will be worn by athletes, coaches and support staff. A unique new range will be developed for Team Scotland, which will incorporate design elements and colours from the recently launched new brand. Central to the range will be the team tracksuit, which will be


“Delivering the requirements on time, for a team with sizes ranging from gymnasts through to rugby players, is a complex process involving over 10,000 separate items. We are delighted to be working again with PSL as leisurewear supplier, providing such a strong international brand as Canterbury for Team Scotland. We are confident that this partnership will meet all our technical and operational requirements, as well as designing a distinctive look for the team that will make everyone proud to wear it.” This new agreement will also include supplying the 2017 Youth Games kit.

proudly worn on the podium for medal ceremonies. The agreement follows extensive consultation with athlete representatives, in line with Team Scotland’s athlete centred approach. Canterbury was selected on its reputation and expertise in delivering high performance wear to top teams such as the British & Irish Lions. Announcing the agreement, CGS Chief Executive, Jon Doig OBE, said: “Team kit is such an important aspect in creating



Rennie Keith, Sales Director at PSL Team Sports said: “Both Canterbury and PSL are extremely proud to be providing the technical performance and leisure kit to Team Scotland for Gold Coast 2018. We look forward to strengthening our existing partnership from previous events and to delivering stand out products and service to all the athletes and officials. “The partnership of Canterbury and PSL here in Scotland mirrors both the ambition and values of Team Scotland and we will deliver our passion and pride through the clothing that the athletes who wear it will carry into the competition.”

1 Jan

Gold Coast 2018 selection period opens

9 Jan

Team Manager recruitment commences

13 Mar

Launch of QBR – Buckingham Palace

4 Apr

Gold Coast 2018 “One Year to Go”

6-13 May

Team Scotland site visit to Gold Coast

30 Apr

Commonwealth Youth Games – selection period closes

15 May

Commonwealth Youth Games – final team selection

18-23 Jul

Commonwealth Youth Games – Bahamas

22-28 Aug

QBR arrives and tours Scotland

21 Sep

Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards – Edinburgh

8-14 Oct

CGF General Assembly – Gold Coast

14-19 Oct

Chef de Mission Seminar – Gold Coast

14 Feb

2018 selection period closes and final nominations

4-15 Apr

2018 Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast

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