Glasgow 2014 has today (Friday 9 May) unveiled for the first time the preparations taking place at Strathclyde Loch to host the Triathlon Competition for the Commonwealth Games.
Triathlon takes place on two days during the Games, July 24 and July 26, with three medal events including the exciting new Mixed Team Relay making its Commonwealth Games debut.
An Invitational Triathlon will be hosted at the venue on May 24 which promises to be a memorable experience for the athletes involved.
Extra tickets for the Triathlon are among those which go on sale on Monday 12 May. More than 100,000 extra tickets across ALL 17 sports as well as both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10am onwards.
In conjunction with partners, including the Scottish Government, North Lanarkshire Council, SEPA, Sniffer, Triathlon Scotland and Scottish Water, Glasgow 2014 is preparing the loch to comply with the standards set by the International Triathlon Union.
Having previously occasionally experienced elevated levels of blue-green algae, work has been done to prevent blooms happening during the Games to meet water quality regulations for a world-class Triathlon event.
• A two-step process starting with the creation of a designated swim area, separated from the main loch using a series of engineered physical barriers.
• Once separated the water was treated with Phoslock, a non-toxic phosphorous reducing chemical.
• This chemical treatment mirrors that used to prepare the Serpentine Loch for the London 2012 Olympic Games Triathlon and Marathon Swim competitions and is a well-tested and approved method of algal control which does not affect the wider ecosystem of the swim area and ensures other organisms in the loch continue to thrive.
The successful water treatment and segregation is an ongoing process along with ground works including the upgrading of the roads, paths and venue infrastructure which will ensure a facilities legacy.
Strathclyde Park is one of Scotland’s premier watersports centres and a proven world-class Triathlon venue and this work has been backed up by weekly water monitoring.
A key element of the Organising Committee’s final planning for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is a programme of readiness activities and events which will help ensure the venues and teams are well prepared to deliver the Games in July 2014.
To this end, the OC will host an Invitational Triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park on Saturday 24 May, the Commonwealth Games venue for Triathlon.
The event will provide an opportunity to validate our Games Time policies and procedures to ensure we are in a position to deliver the best competition experience during the Glasgow 2014 Triathlon event.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg, said:
“We have worked hard to ensure that Strathclyde Park will prove an outstanding venue for the Triathlon Competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“We are grateful to all our Partners and stakeholders, including the Scottish Government and North Lanarkshire Council, during a combined effort from all parties to prepare the Loch to international standards.
“I am truly excited at the prospect of world-class athletes striving for Gold and glory during the Games, which was the driving force for all the work done.”
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison, said:
“Strathclyde Loch Country Park is an internationally renowned water sports area and is a fantastic venue for the Triathlon competition and we look forward to welcoming the world’s best athletes to this world class venue in July.
"The improvement works to the Park undertaken by North Lanarkshire Council and the Games organisers is providing a Legacy for future use and enjoyment of this beautiful location. It is hoped the Triathlon being staged here will inspire local people - and those from further afield - to engage with Glasgow 2014, encouraging them to enjoy the outdoors and actively participate with many of the recreational sports and activities on offer.”
Paul Jukes, Executive Director of Regeneration and Environmental Services for North Lanarkshire, said:
“Strathclyde Park is an ideal venue for the 2014 triathlon events, both for the athletes and spectators as well as the thousands of visitors expected on the two days of competition. As a Proud Host Venue we want to deliver a first class facility, and our work to upgrade the roads and paths and achieve the required water quality standards has done just that. We look forward to welcoming the Commonwealth Games to Strathclyde Park and North Lanarkshire.”
Calum McPhail, Environment Quality Manager, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:
“SEPA has worked closely with all partners over the last year to ensure that Strathclyde Loch is well prepared for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Triathlon event.
“Our role has involved providing expert scientific and pollution control advice on measures to improve water quality in the loch in time for the Games, issuing licences for required chemical treatments, and carrying out regular monitoring to support the loch’s compliance with International Triathlon Union standards. This work will also help to inform longer-term objectives for Strathclyde Loch under the Water Framework Directive.
“The water quality monitoring undertaken so far has provided very encouraging results, and we will continue to screen loch conditions in the run up to the event.”
Ruth Wolstenholme, Managing Director Sniffer, said:
“Ensuring Strathclyde Loch is in top condition for the Commonwealth Games Triathlon has been a priority for a range of Scottish stakeholders.
“Sniffer has worked with all the partners to facilitate a practical and cost-effective approach to preparing the loch and wider area for the triathlon events within a tight timeframe.
“We are very pleased with the progress and are confident that the events will be a great credit to Strathclyde Park and those who have worked to ensure their success.”
Jane Moncrieff, Chief Operating Officer, Triathlon Scotland said:
“triathlonscotland is delighted that Strathclyde Park is now in a state of readiness to welcome the Commonwealth Games athletes in less than 80 days time! We are very pleased that so much time and effort has gone in to turning this venue into a truly World class facility and I am sure that all the athletes will find it both a challenging but enjoyable course. We are excited, particularly for our Scottish athletes who will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to race in front of a home crowd."