Following his role as General Team Manager at Birmingham 2022, Chris Purdie, has been appointed as Chef de Mission for Team Scotland at the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games.
Head of Competitions at Scottish Student Sport, Chris brings a wealth of experience of major multi-sport Games. In addition to his General Team Manager role, leading on Team Services for Team Scotland at Birmingham 2022, he has been involved in three World University Games. He will lead the British team in January 2023 as Chef de Mission at the World University Winter Games in Lake Placid, USA having served as Deputy Chef de Mission in 2019.
Chris will be responsible for the overall leadership, motivation and unity of the team at Trinbago 2023 and is keen to share his extensive sporting experience with the next generation of Team Scotland athletes.
“It’s a huge honour to lead Team Scotland at the Games in Trinidad and Tobago next year,” he said.
“To have the opportunity to work with young athletes on their performance journey is something I am extremely passionate about and there is something wonderfully unique about representing Scotland at a multi-sport Games. The Commonwealth Games and Youth Games are the only opportunity to do this and, having experienced it once before, I’m eager to provide a truly rich experience for both athletes competing and support staff at next year’s Games.”
Welcoming Chris to the position, Jon Doig OBE, CGS Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to appoint someone of Chris’s standing to lead Team Scotland at next year’s Commonwealth Youth Games. He was a great asset to the team at Birmingham 2022 and his extensive experience of multi-sport events stands him in great stead to deliver a positive Games experience for our young athletes.”
The seventh Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from 4-11 August 2023 following a gap of six years since the last edition in the Bahamas in 2017 due to the global pandemic. Team Scotland anticipates sending a team to compete in four sports (Athletics, Cycling, Swimming and Triathlon) with potential additional representation in Beach Volleyball, Netball and Rugby 7s still to be confirmed.