Pune, India (located 170km south of Mumbai) played host to the third Commonwealth Youth Games, the first time that the Youth Games had been held in Asia and the first time that all 71 Commonwealth countries took part.
Pune is the cultural capital of the Maharashtra region of India and the people are known as Puneites. The city is renowned for hosting several world class events, including India’s oldest marathon.
The magnificent Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex was the focal point of the 2008 Games. Its unique feature was that it was the first time that the competition venues for all sports and the athletes’ village was housed on a single site.
No Medals: Team Scotland won 18 medals – 3 gold, 3 silver and 12 bronze.
No. Medallists: 16 team members won a total of 18 medals in six sports. There were two gold medallists – swimmer Douglas Scott, winner of the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and shooter Kay Copeland who took victory in the 50m Rifle Prone.
Top Sport: Swimming was Scotland’s top sport with 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Top Athlete: Swimmer Douglas Scott was Scotland’s most successful athlete at the Pune 2008 Youth Games, winning 2 gold and 1 bronze. Douglas was also named as Scotland’s ‘Athlete of the Games’.
Progression to Commonwealth Games: 15 athletes who competed at the Pune 2008 Youth Games went on to represent Scotland at future Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games medallists: Four athletes who competed at the Pune 2008 Youth Games went on to win Commonwealth Games medals – Lynsey Sharp, Josh Taylor, Kay Copeland and Jennifer McIntosh.