Scotland’s athletes are under starter’s orders for Glasgow 2014, with the official Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) selection period now open.
Athletes from the 17 sports on the Games programme will have just over a year to produce the necessary performances to secure a coveted place on Team Scotland.
The Commonwealth Games is only the only multi-sport event where athletes get to compete for Scotland as a nation in its own right, making a place on the team all the more special.
To highlight the start of the selection period and the build-up to the Games, CGS has launched a public engagement campaign – ‘Go Scotland!’ The campaign aims to raise awareness of the 17 sports in the Games and the athletes aiming for selection. CGS is calling for the whole of Scotland to get behind the team by pledging their support at http://www.goscotland.org and through social media channels.
Calling for people to back the campaign, CGS Chairman Michael Cavanagh said: “Today marks the start of the journey to Glasgow 2014 for Scotland’s athletes as they strive to meet the agreed selection standards for Team Scotland and we are greatly encouraged by the performances so far.
“The athletes greatly value the support of their family and friends, but to know that they have the additional backing from the Scottish public as a whole, would mean a lot to them, just as it did to Team GB in London last year. This is why we have launched this campaign today to encourage everyone across the length and breadth of the country to actively support us in our quest for success in Glasgow and share our journey to the Games.”
To mark the occasion a special edition set of athlete images have been published, photographed against the magnificent backdrop of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The theme of the photographs is sport meeting culture, which will be reflected in 2014 through the extensive cultural festival that is being organised as part of the Commonwealth Games and which will showcase Glasgow’s international reputation as a cultural as well as sporting centre of excellence.
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “The passion and enthusiasm of home support for Team Scotland will be a defining element of a successful Commonwealth Games for Glasgow and Scotland.
“This is a real opportunity for people in communities across Scotland to start connecting with a new generation of home-grown sporting heroes and heroines and share the journey with them towards success at our home Games.”
Visit http://www.goscotland.org to become an official supporter of Team Scotland and to find out more about the selection process.