Team Scotland’s preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games continue to progress with the appointment of Dr Niall Elliott as Chief Medical Officer and Dr Carrie McCrae-Routray as Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
The medical team plays a key role at any Games and the experienced duo will lead on all medical services for Team Scotland. They will provide pre-Games support and expertise in addition to recruiting a specialist team to ensure athletes are in the best possible shape to compete and providing support for illness and injuries sustained at the Games.
Birmingham 2022 will be Elliott’s fourth Games as Chief Medical Officer for Team Scotland, a role he has also taken on for the British Olympic Association (BOA) at four Summer and Winter Olympic Games, most recently at Rio 2016. He has newly been appointed on a year-round basis by the BOA ahead of Tokyo 2020, alongside his current position as the Head of Sports Medicine at the sportscotland Institute of Sport.
Dr McCrae-Routray returns to Team Scotland following roles as team doctor for the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and in Gold Coast 2018 pre-Games preparation. With many years of experience in high performance sport, she has worked in a variety of settings including professional football, rugby, hockey and aquatics. She has a depth of experience working with athletes throughout Scotland and has developed special interests in mental health in sport, female athletes’ issues and anti-doping. She also heads to Tokyo 2020 in a medical support role for the BOA.
Jon Doig, Commonwealth Games Scotland Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to welcome Niall and Carrie back to Team Scotland. Having such a high calibre of medical expertise on board will give our athletes the confidence to know that they will receive the best possible support to help them achieve their goals at the Games.”
Further appointments to Team Scotland for Birmingham 2022, including the remainder of the medical and physiotherapy team, will be made in the coming months.