With the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast a little over two years away, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) have published the General Selection Policy and Standards document which will be used to select the athletes who will represent Team Scotland at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Clear, consistent selection policies and the Team Scotland ethos, bringing together all 17 sports as one team, have been a major factor in the increasing success of Team Scotland over past Games cycles, culminating in the team’s record breaking performance at Glasgow 2014. Continuing the same approach, the selection policy for Gold Coast has been produced following extensive consultation with the performance directors of the 17 sports on the Games programme with the aim of selecting a team that performs with distinction in 2018.
The selection standard set out in the General Selection Policy is based on a performance level of the ability to show a top six performance at the Games with the key aims of achieving our highest ever number of medals at a Games outwith Scotland and having a higher percentage of athletes meeting the selection standards when in competition at the Games than in 2014.
To ensure representation across the full programme of sports, all individual sports will be represented at the 2018 Commonwealth Games by up to four athletes and all team sports will be represented by a minimum of one team, subject to invitation by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
CGS will now work with the sports on the Gold Coast sport programme to develop the Sport Specific Selection Policy and Standards throughout 2016 so that they are available well in advance of the selection period which will open on 1st April 2017.
Endorsing the General Selection Policy, CGS Chief Executive Jon Doig said; “Following extensive consultation with sports, we have produced a policy that will select a team which will perform with distinction, whilst ensuring consistency between sports and representation across the full sports programme. This will be supplemented by sport specific standards, to be completed by the end of next year, ensuring all athletes in Scotland with the aspiration and potential to compete in Gold Coast know exactly what they must do to make the team ahead of the selection period opening.
“This is an important milestone in our preparations for Gold Coast 2018 and we are delighted that everything is well on track”
A copy of the General Selection Policy is available here from the policies page in the Gold Coast 2018 section of this website. Individual sport policies will be added as they are published.