The Team Scotland Athletes’ Parade through the streets of Glasgow today (Friday) saw thousands of people turn out to salute their heroes.
As the convoy of vehicles made its way from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to George Square thousands of supporters lined the route to get a glimpse of the stars of Glasgow 2014.
It was a fitting finale to the best ever Commonwealth Games, which saw Team Scotland deliver its greatest ever medal haul of 53 – 19 gold, 15 silver, and 19 bronze. It also gave all of the athletes one final opportunity to thank the people of Scotland for their amazing support throughout the Games.
Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “My ears are still ringing from the fantastic support Team Scotland athletes in every sport received at every venue at Glasgow 2014. The Scottish public roared us on to our greatest ever team performance of 53 medals including 19 gold and the Athletes’ Parade is a special way to say thank you for their incredible backing. The turnout again today shows just how much the Commonwealth Games captured the imagination of people in Glasgow and across Scotland. It has been a truly incredible experience to be part of.”
First Minister Alex Salmond said: “Only a few weeks ago Glasgow delivered the best Commonwealth Games ever, and at the very heart of it were its people. An incredible amount of hard work and effort was put in from the organisers, Clyde-siders, Host City Volunteers, emergency services, armed forces, crowds of spectators and of course all of the athletes who trained hard, competed and broke records, gained personal bests and won medals.
“The parade through the streets of Glasgow today is for the athletes of Team Scotland who, with their record medal haul, should rightly have the chance to party with their supporters and celebrate together in the overwhelming success of the games. I am sure that everyone in Scotland will agree that every single member of Team Scotland, not just the medal winners, has done us proud and there is no higher honour than to represent your country on a global stage.”
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “The Team Scotland Athletes’ Parade through the streets of Glasgow was a fantastic and fitting finale to the best ever Commonwealth Games.
“After the record-breaking performances of the athletes, it was wonderful to see people from across Scotland coming out to show their appreciation for what the team achieved during the Games.
“It was a memorable day for all the athletes as they got the chance to say a big ‘thank you’ to the whole country for the support they had during an unforgettable 11 days of competition.”