The second Commonwealth Youth Games were awarded to Bendigo, located in the geographic heart of the southern Australian State of Victoria, 150km north west of the state capital, Melbourne. The City of Greater Bendigo boasts excellent sporting facilities and has a long tradition of hosting and supporting sporting events.
Scotland sent a team of 69 athletes to compete in nine of the 10 sports on the programme. They won a total of 52 medals including 12 gold to finish fourth on the medal table behind Australia, England and South Africa.
No Medals: Team Scotland won 52 medals – 12 gold, 17 silver and 23 bronze.
No. Medallists: 39 team members won a total of 52 medals in six sports. There were 10 gold medallists, including two double gold medallists – gymnast Adam Cox and swimmer Lorna Smith.
Top Sport: Swimming was Scotland’s top sport with 7 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals.
Top Athlete: Swimmer Lorna Smith was Scotland’s top athlete at the Bendigo 2004 Youth Games, winning 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
Athlete of the Games: Javelin thrower James Campbell was named Scotland’s ‘Athlete of the Games’. His throw of 67.21m won gold, setting a new personal best by over 5m and smashing the Scottish Age Group (under 20) record in the process, which had stood since before he was born.
Progression to Commonwealth Games: 23 athletes who competed at the Bendigo 2004 Youth Games went on to represent Team Scotland at future Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games medallists: Seven athletes who competed at the Bendigo 2004 Youth Games went on to win Commonwealth Games medals – Imogen Bankier, Adam Cox, Daniel Keatings, Andrew Hunter, Robbie Renwick, Hannah Miley and Peter Kirkbride.