Performances by Team Scotland athletes at the Commonwealth Games have contributed to some of the greatest moments in Scottish sporting history. From our participation and medal success at the first Games in 1930, through to a record-breaking medal haul at Glasgow 2014 and best ever overseas medal tally at Gold Coast 2018, the Team continues to go from strength to strength in so many ways.
As we lead up to the 90th anniversary of the Commonwealth Games in 2020, the next two years will see Team Scotland celebrate its rich sporting heritage, taking a look back at some of those truly memorable and ground-breaking moments. We will also have a monthly ‘Sport Focus’ exploring the 25 different sports which have competed in the 21 editions of the Games.
Competing for Team Scotland is a special and unique multi-sport experience, playing an important and highly valued part in most Scottish athletes’ sporting journeys, so Commonwealth Games Scotland is keen to help our past athletes and staff stay in touch with each other through the Thistle Club.
This is a special group of all those who have shared the unique experience of representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. Look out for news of how we aim to reconnect many of our past team members through a number of Thistle Club social events this year.
However we won’t just be reflecting on the past and we certainly don’t take ongoing success for granted.
2019 will see our partner charity, the Team Scotland Youth Trust, celebrate 30 years, working to raise funds to connect to local communities through sport and support young athletes on their journey to Commonwealth Games success. We will be launching a number of exciting new initiatives with the Team Scotland Youth Trust and we hope you will support our fundraising efforts, including joining us for a great night of celebrations at the 2019 Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards in Edinburgh on Thursday 3rd October.
With a Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in 2021 and the next Commonwealth Games near to home in Birmingham in 2022, we will also be working closely with all our member sports and key partners including sportscotland, to build on recent great Games results and deliver a successful Team Scotland for years to come.
As a committed champions of Scottish sport, we will continue to highlight and celebrate the very best of performances, including those that best reflect the Team Scotland values of Proud, United, Ambitious, Inspirational and Inclusive. From Linlithgow to Lerwick and Stonehaven to Stranrear, Team Scotland encompasses sporting heroes from every local community and we are committed to showing the import role they play as role models, helping to inspire future generations.
We will showcase the new faces that are emerging, as Scottish athletes prepare for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and onwards to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham – the only major multi-sport event where athletes get to compete and fly the flag for Scotland.