Scotland hosted the first ever Commonwealth Youth Games in Edinburgh as part of the country’s Millennium celebrations.
The first country to host the main Games twice, Scotland again led the way with the introduction of this new and exciting event for those just breaking through to the top level of sporting competition.
The Youth Games were given the royal seal of approval with the attendance of H.R.H. Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, who officially opened the Games at the Edinburgh International Tattoo, when the teams had the privilege of parading across the Esplanade, national flags flying.
After three days of intense competition the teams took part in a cultural day, giving athletes and officials the opportunity to enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer during the famous International Festival. A farewell ceilidh ensured a lasting impression, not of the rivals beaten or the medals won, but of the friendships made.
For many athletes across the Commonwealth, the Youth Games has since proved to be the springboard to future success at the main Commonwealth Games, just as the organisers from Commonwealth Games Scotland had hoped.
No Medals: Team Scotland won 32 medals – 3 gold, 7 silver and 22 bronze.
No. Medallists: 18 team members won a total of 32 medals in six sports. There were three gold medallists – gymnasts Craig Barry and Gayle Campbell, and fencer Elizabeth Wright.
Top Sport: Gymnastics was Scotland’s top sport with 2 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Top Athlete: Gymnast Craig Barry was Scotland’s top athlete at the Edinburgh 2000 Youth Games, winning gold on Vault and silver on Floor.
Progression to Commonwealth Games: 14 athletes who competed at the Edinburgh 2000 Youth Games went on to represent Team Scotland at future Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games medallists: Swimmers Todd Cooper and Kirsty Balfour both won medals at the Edinburgh 2000 Youth Games and went on to win Commonwealth Games medals at Melbourne 2006.