For the first time in the history of the Games, the Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton visited every single Commonwealth nation and territory taking part in the Games, a journey of 180,000 kms (112,500 miles).
Cyclist Ross Edgar became the first athlete to win a full set of medals at a single Games with gold in the Team Sprint, silver in the Individual Sprint and bronze in the Keirin.
No Medallists: 30 team members won a total of 29 medals across nine sports. There were 11 gold medallists, including four double gold medallists – Caitlin McClatchey, Gregor Tait, David Carry and Sheena Sharp.
Top Athlete: Swimmer Gregor Tait claimed two gold (200m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley) and two bronze (100m Backstroke and 4x100m Medley Relay), bringing his total Commonwealth Games medal haul to five following a bronze in the 200m Backstroke at Manchester 2002.
Top Female: Shooting’s Sheena Sharp and swimmer Caitlin McClatchey each won two gold medals. In the Women’s 50m Prone Pairs, Sheena teamed up with Susan Jackson to go one better than the silver they won in 2002, adding a second gold in the individual event. In the pool Caitlin took gold in both 200m and 400m Freestyle events, an incredible feat in Australia.
Top Sport: Swimming was the team’s most successful sport winning twelve medals (six gold, three silver, three bronze). This performance made Swimming Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games sport of all time.
First Games: 12 of the 30 medallists were competing in their first Commonwealth Games.
Repeat Medallists: 9 athletes were repeat medallists – Ross Edgar, Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean, Alex Marshall, Joyce Lindores, Sheena Sharp, Susan Jackson, and Susan Hughes.
Youth Games: 22 team members had previously competed for Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games, demonstrating the importance of this event.