About Team Scotland
Scotland is one of only six countries to have competed at every Commonwealth Games since their inception in 1930 and has a proud history of success. From the first Games right through to Gold Coast 2018, Scotland’s most successful overseas Commonwealth Games ever, Team Scotland athletes have continued to inspire the nation.
Recent Team Scotland Commonwealth Games medallists include gymnast Dan Purvis, cyclist Katie Archibald, swimmer Duncan Scott and athlete Eilidh Doyle – all of whom have won Olympic medals. With para-sport events included in the Games since 2002, Scottish medal winners include athlete Libby Clegg and cyclists Neil Fachie and Aileen McGlynn – all also crowned as Paralympic champions.
The list of past Scottish Commonwealth Games champions reads like a ‘who’s who’ of Scotland’s sporting greats, including boxer Dick McTaggart, swimmer David Wilkie, sprinter Allan Wells, distance runner Liz McColgan, shooter Alister Allan and cyclist Chris Hoy. Multiple diving gold medallist Sir Peter Heatly contributed even further by managing Scottish teams and later chairing the Commonwealth Games Federation. Sir Peter was Patron of Commonwealth Games Scotland from 2009 until his death in 2015.
Since 1998, CGS has set rigorous selection standards, which have significantly contributed to raising the standard of performance of the team. Sport specific Selection Policies are set in conjunction with each sport and can be found in the relevant Games section of the website.
Most Commonwealth Games sports and athletes have also benefited from Lottery funding through sportscotland or UK Sport as well as high-performance support services provided by the sportscotland Institute of Sport.
Individual athlete preparation is the responsibility of each athlete, their coach and the Scottish sport governing body. The role of CGS is to prepare all sports on the Commonwealth Games programme to come together to compete as one team – Team Scotland.
Over recent years Team Scotland has benefitted greatly from the support of excellent commercial partners and from sportscotland the national agency for sport.