The sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games was held in the Bahamas from 18-23 July 2017, the first time a Commonwealth Games event has been held in the Caribbean for over 50 years. The Youth Games was held in the capital Nassau, venue for the prestigious World Relay Championships in athletics in 2014 and 2015.
The Opening Ceremony and the first day of sporting action took place on 18 July and was followed by a further five days of competition through to 23 July. A cultural week ran alongside the competition, which allowed the athletes to mix with their peers from around the Commonwealth and learn about other cultures.
The sports programme saw Judo, Beach Volleyball and Beach Soccer make their Youth Games debut, as well as a return for Cycling, last held in 2011. Team Scotland compete in seven of the nine sports: Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Judo, Swimming and Tennis, with Beach Soccer and Rugby Sevens the other two sports on the programme.
No Medals: Team Scotland won 21 medals – 8 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze.
No. Medallists: 18 team members won a total of 21 medals in six sports. There were six gold medallists – triple gold medallist Scott McLay, boxer Tyler Jolly, 1500m runner Erin Wallace, judoka Emily Ritchie, tennis player Hamish Stewart and cyclist Rhona Callander.
Top Sport: Swimming was Scotland’s top sport with 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Top Athlete: Swimmer Scott McLay was Scotland’s top athlete at Bahamas 2017 with three gold, one silver and one bronze. This made him Scotland’s most successful Youth Games athlete in history, taking the record from fellow swimmer Craig Benson, who competed in 2011.