It’s a huge week for Scotland’s gymnasts with the Scottish Artistic Gymnastics Championships this weekend in Perth, and also for our track & field stars as the Emirates Arena hosts the Glasgow Grand Prix. Both sports step into the Gold Coast 2018 Sport Focus spotlight as they count down to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Look out for all things Athletics and Gymanstics on Team Scotland’s website and social channels this week as both sports share the spotlight in our Sport Focus Series, which features each of the 18 sports on the Gold Coast 2018 programme through athlete interviews, facts & figures, competition news and more.
Athletics is a core sport at the Commonwealth Games and has been contested at every Games since their inception in 1930. Scottish athletes have won 70 medals to date in Athletics, with Allan Wells Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete across all sports with four gold, one silver and one bronze.
Scotland’s track & field athletes delivered their best medal haul for 24 years at Glasgow 2014 – one gold, two silver and one bronze – with Libby Clegg and Mikhail Huggins victory in the Para-Sport T12 100m Scotland’s first gold on the track since Yvonne Murray in 1994. There were silver medals for hurdler Eilidh Doyle (nee Child) and 800m runner Lynsey Sharp while Mark Dry claimed Scotland’s first throws medal since 1982 with bronze in the hammer.
Find out more about Athletics in the Commonwealth Games, including the competition format, rules and equipment on our dedicated Athletics page.
Artistic Gymnastics is a core sport at the Commonwealth Games and has been included on eight occasions to date. Rhythmic Gymnastics is an optional discipline, which was first included in 1990. Scottish gymnasts have won nine Commonwealth Games medals to date, with Jo Walker the first medallist with bronze in the Hoop in 1994, which remains Scotland’s only medal in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Steve Frew was Scotland’s first gold medallist in the sport, winning on the Rings at Manchester 2002 and the men’s team continued that success with an incredible five medals at Glasgow 2014 including a first ever medal in the Team Event with silver. Daniel Keatings became Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games gymnast, adding gold on Pommel and silver in the All-Around while Dan Purvis took gold on P-Bars and bronze on Rings.
Find out more about Gymnastics in the Commonwealth Games, including the competition format, rules and equipment on our dedicated Gymnastics page.
With record numbers of Scots selected for the 2016 Olympic Games and 2017 World Championships, Team Scotland has named 23 track & field athletes for Gold Coast 2018, including Glasgow 2014 medallists Eilidh Doyle, Lynsey Sharp and Mark Dry. They are joined by World 4x400m silver medallist Zoey Clark and Diamond League winners Chris O’Hare and Jake Wightman in an incredibly strong team. World champion and World record holder Sammi Kinghorn leads a strong trio of Para-Sport athletes, joined by double Paralympic Games medallist Maria Lyle and World Junior champion Amy Carr.
In Gymnastics, World and Olympic medallist Dan Purvis and reigning British Floor and Vault champion, Frank Baines are the returning members of the successful Glasgow 2014 men’s squad and are joined by three 19 year-old rising stars in Kelvin Cham, Hamish Carter and David Weir. After a fifth place in the Team Event in Glasgow, Cara Kennedy leads a women’s trio which includes multiple Scottish Champion Shannon Archer and reigning Scottish champion on Bars, Isabella Tolometti.
A total of 211 athletes have been named to Team Scotland for Gold Coast 2018 to date, with athletes announced in all sports except Rugby 7s. These final athletes will be named in March.
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The Commonwealth Games is the only occasion where Scotland gets to compete in a multi-sport event as a nation in its own right and is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since their inception in Hamilton in 1930. Represented by 15 athletes participating in six sports at those first Games, winning a very creditable 10 medals, Scotland have gone on to win medals at every Games since.
Edinburgh became the first city to hold the Games twice in 1970 and 1986 and also became the first city to host the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Scotland hosted the Games for a third time when Glasgow welcomed athletes and officials to the XXth Commonwealth Games which was held from 23rd July – 3rd August 2014. Team Scotland celebrated their most successful Games in history, winning a total of 53 medals.
Find out more about the Commonwealth Games and Team Scotland’s past success in our Past Games section.