To mark the second anniversary of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, commemorative medal plaques have been installed at Glasgow Life venues across the city.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were the most successful Commonwealth Games for Team Scotland, with a record 53 medals picked up across eight venues, four of which are operated by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council.
To commemorate the 21 medals won in Glasgow Life venues, plaques have been installed at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls & Tennis Centre, Tollcross International Swimming Centre, and the Emirates Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Some of Team Scotland’s most memorable moments came at these venues including HannahMiley winning gold at Tollcross on the opening night of the Games, Neil Fachie and Craig McLean striking double gold in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Kirsty Gilmour becoming the firstScot to make a badminton singles final as she took silver at the Emirates Arena.
Today (Tuesday 2 August), Team Scotland member and double gold medal winner for Lawn Bowls at Glasgow 2014, Alex Marshall paid a visit to Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre to unveil the plaque which carries his own name.
Speaking at the venue, he said: “Winning a gold medal is obviously a huge personal achievement, but winning it in your home country makes it twice as special!
“I’m really chuffed Glasgow Life has commemorated the Team Scotland wins with these plaques – and hopefully they will encourage others in the city to take up sport.”
Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Team Scotland shone at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, setting a new record for the number of medals won by the team since the Games began.
“The fact that a large number of these medals were won in Glasgow Life venues is something of which we are hugely proud, and wanted to suitably commemorate.
“These plaques will not only celebrate the achievements of the medallists – they will also act as inspirational reminders of the highs of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, particularly for the next generation of athletes who participate in Glasgow Sport’s performance and pathways programmes.”
Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman, Paul Bush OBE, said: “Glasgow 2014 brought a nation together in support of Team Scotland and the athletes responded to the Glasgow crowds with a Scotland’s best performance ever at a Commonwealth Games.
“It’s fantastic to see Glasgow Life commemorating the achievements of our medal winners in this way so the success of Team Scotland athletes can continue to inspire future generations to participate, compete and set their aspirations high.”