With the Delhi Games now over, the new focus for CGS is the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games to be held on the Isle of Man from 7 to 13 September 2011.
The Isle of Man Youth Games will be the fourth since the inaugural Games held in Scotland in 2000. Since then, Scottish athletes have won over 100 medals at the three Games held in Edinburgh, Bendigo and Pune, with many going on to compete for the senior team at the Commonwealth Games and again win medals. Many stars of the Delhi Games including Hannah Miley, Robbie Renwick, Jen McIntosh, Kay Copland and Peter Kirkbride were all Youth Games medallists in Bendigo or Pune.
The Youth Games provide an excellent opportunity to prepare our athletes of the future by exposing them to a multi-sport Games competition, usually for the first time, and provide an exciting opportunity for our young athletes to get their first taste of Commonwealth competition.
There is a maximum of 1000 athlete places available for the Youth Games, so for the Isle of Man places have been allocated to all Commonwealth nations on a pro rata basis of their athlete numbers in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Scotland has been allocated 43 places, including a Rugby 7s squad. The sports which will compete in the Isle of Man are: Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Swimming and Rugby 7s. The age of athletes will range from 14 – 18 yrs (depending on the sport) and each sport is currently working with CGS to confirm selection policies, with the standards to be reached next year to gain a place on the team.
The general team management including, deputy general team managers, medical and media staff, for Youth Team Scotland will be appointed by the end of 2010 and the sport team leaders and coaches will be appointed early in 2011.
Further details of the next Youth Games can be found on www.cyg2011.com.