Now in 2014, the year we have all been waiting for, and with only 200 days to go until the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Games Scotland has released a new set of athlete images depicting ‘ones to watch’.
The 10 photos released today (4 January 2014) to mark this important milestone have been shot at iconic locations around Scotland, with some of Team Scotland’s prospective team members and medal hopefuls.
The strong common theme of the photos is ‘Proud’ and is a clear demonstration of what it means for athletes from across the length and breadth of the country to represent Team Scotland in Glasgow next summer.
The fabulous and striking images have been taken by Glasgow photographers Alistair Devine and Stuart Gray and build on the set of images shot at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and launched in April 2013 to mark the start of the athlete selection period.
Calling for the Scottish public to get behind the team, as they start the final leg of their journey to the Games, 400m hurdler Eilidh Child said: “These amazing photos show just how much it means to all of the athletes to represent Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games this year.
“It was a real privilege to have been chosen as one of the athletes to take part in the project. I hope they inspire the Scottish public to cheer us on all the way and I for one am determined to do Scotland proud next summer at Hampden Park.”
From Eilean Donan Castle at Kyle of Lochalsh to the beaches of Carnoustie and Edinburgh Castle and Forth Rail Bridge the images depict the magic that Scotland has to offer as a place to live, work, visit and of course host major sporting events. The Falkirk Wheel and the Wallace Monument are also featured, with aim to make the whole of Scotland feel part of the Games.
Glasgow based images showcase a number of the Games competition venues in Kelvingrove, Hampden Park and the stunning new SSE Hydro, whilst the cranes of the BAE Systems shipyard at Govan on the Clyde remind us of our strong industrial heritage and technological innovation.
Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland added: “With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games only 200 days away, these fantastic new images showcase some of our incredible athletes at iconic locations across Scotland and demonstrate how proud they are to be part of it.
“I hope they convey to the public the excitement and commitment of the athletes as we rapidly approach our home Games and encourage everyone to play their part and cheer on the Team.”
The images will be used throughout Team Scotland’s back the team campaign – ‘Go Scotland!’ and will be available shortly to purchase in a range of formats as part of the Team Scotland range of merchandise being marketed to raise funds for the Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust.
Athletics – Eilidh Child, Hampden Park, Glasgow
Para-Sport Athletics – Meggan Dawson-Farrell, Falkirk Wheel
Badminton – Imogen Bankier, Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh
Boxing – Josh Taylor, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Cycling – Katie Archibald, Forth Rail Bridge, North Queensferry
Gymnastics – Dan Purvis, SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Judo – Euan Burton, Wallace Monument, Stirling
Lawn Bowls – Alex Marshall, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
Shooting – Shona Marshall, Carnoustie
Para-Sport Powerlifting – Micky Yule, BAE Systems, Govan, Glasgow
Images for the remaining eight sports will be released later in 2014.
Photo Credit: Alisdair Devine