The Commonwealth Games Village officially opened today and Team Scotland’s Squash and Badminton players were the first to check into their new home for the next three weeks. They were greeted by a flurry of activity at the Welcome Centre including a big thumbs up from Games mascot Borobi.
Alan Clyne, Greg Lobban, Kevin Moran, Lisa Aitken and Alison Thomson also had the honour of meeting Australia’s Minister for Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, who was proud to declare her Scottish roots.
The Minister went on to visit Scotland’s accommodation to admire the branding with an aboriginal theme and accepted a gift of a pewter Quaich from Deputy Chef de Mission, Elinor Middlemiss.
Lisa Aitken from Montrose said: “The first thing I noticed about the Village was the heat – coming off the plane straight from Scotland meant it was a pretty big change! We got the red carpet treatment – all the volunteers and officials were there to greet us and make sure we got settled in okay.
“Seeing the Village so quiet was really quite strange but also pretty special as not many athletes will have that opportunity.
“It’s just really amazing to be here – there’s such a laid-back vibe and I can’t wait to relax in the deck chairs or get in the outdoor pool after we finish competing.”
Alan Clyne from Inverness added: “To be among the first athletes in the Village was really special. I know from experience that the place will get busier and busier with other athletes and team officials arriving in the next few days, so having the opportunity to explore while we’re among the only people here is brilliant.
“The dining hall is bound to be a big hit with all the athletes as it’s always one of the first places everyone wants to visit! The gym is also great – although I’m not looking forward to the ice baths – and the games room is really cool.
“Having been in three other Commonwealth Villages, the thing which stands out for me is ‘The Backyard’ parkland space, and we’re all looking forward to getting out there for a run this afternoon to test the path!”