Representatives of Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) have declared themselves ‘excited’ about the approaching Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after a packed three-day visit to the Host City.
Chantal Petitclerc, CGC’s Chef de Mission and winner of 14 Paralympic Gold medals throughout a distinguished wheelchair racing career, travelled to Glasgow with Scott Stevenson, Director of Sport.
The pair visited new Games venues, including the now-iconic Emirates Arena which includes the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, and more established sites like Celtic Park during their stay. They also had the opportunity to see for themselves the progress at the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.
A number of senior staff from the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee also met Ms Petitclerc and Mr Stevenson to discuss the progress being made as the Games fast approaches.
Following the visit, Ms Petitclerc said: “I’ve enjoyed it very much. It’s been really exciting to be in Glasgow. As a newly-appointed Chef de Mission, it’s my first experience of something like this.
“For me personally, it makes it all real. It’s not just on paper, it’s real – I’ve seen the venues, I’ve seen the Athletes’ Village, it’s quite an adventure on a personal level.”
She added: “In my formal role, it’s great to see how things are going and it makes me very confident that Glasgow 2014 is going to provide both a high performance environment for the athletes, and a good overall experience. Glasgow has the potential for that.
“When I was at the venues, I did visualise what it might look like at Games time. That’s why I’m so happy that we’re here now at this point of the preparation. Now I can go back home knowing in my head what it’s going to look like.”
She also complimented the close proximity of the venues, saying:
“All the sports are so close to each other geographically and I can see how that will make everything very lively and easy for athletes to connect with each other. It becomes a clear picture of how that’s going to be like.
“Strategically these Games fit really well on the calendar because they are after the London 2012 Games, we have the Pan-Am Games in Toronto in 2015 and then it is the Rio Olympics the year after that.
“The dates the Games are being held in Glasgow are good and we know it’s going to be a high priority for the majority of our sports. We can feel that the teams, coaches, and athletes are already thinking about it as the next big thing to happen.”