The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games run from Wednesday 23 July to Sunday 3 August 2014. Glasgow hosts the XX Commonwealth Games, the third time the Games have been held in Scotland, following Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986.
There are 17 sports on the programme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Aquatics (diving and swimming); Athletics; Badminton; Boxing; Cycling (Track, Road and Mountain Bike); Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic); Hockey; Judo; Lawn Bowls; Netball; Rugby 7s; Shooting; Squash; Table Tennis; Triathlon; Weightlifting and Wrestling.
Athletes from 71 nations from across the Commonwealth will compete at Glasgow 2014 and the sport programme includes an integrated Para-Sport programme, with 22 medal events spanning five sports: Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming), Powerlifting, Lawn Bowls and, for the first time, Cycling (Track).
Glasgow 2014 Ltd are responsible for delivering the Games, working closely with key partners the Scottish Government; Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
Commonwealth Games Scotland is the lead body for Commonwealth sport in Scotland and is the organisation responsible for selecting, preparing and managing Scotland’s team at the Commonwealth Games.
Working closely with Scotland’s national governing bodies of sport and the sportscotland institute of sport, Commonwealth Games Scotland aims to have the best prepared team possible at every Games, creating the right performance environment and giving athletes every opportunity to excel at the Games.
It initiated the Scottish bid for the 2014 Games and the 20th Commonwealth Games were awarded to Scotland on 9 November 2007. Commonwealth Games Scotland is one of three partners which form the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee along with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.
Scotland’s most successful Games were in Melbourne in 2006 when Team Scotland won 29 medals (11 gold, 7 silver and 11 bronze). In 2014 Scotland aims to select its largest team ever (202+), that will perform with distinction at the Glasgow Games, achieving its highest ever number of medals (33+).
The University of Stirling is proud to host the official Team Scotland Preparation Camp in the lead up to the opening of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
From 5-6 July, the Team Camp brings all selected athletes together on campus and provides Team Officials with the opportunity to complete its final pre-Games briefing. It is also the exciting ‘kitting out’ for athletes, who receive their competition, leisure wear and parade uniforms. In an exciting arrangement, the Queen’s Baton will be on campus in a unique opportunity for athletes to interact with the symbol of the Commonwealth Games and share in the nation’s excitement as the Baton travels across Scotland.
Following the Team Camp, the University will then host the Official Preparation Camp, where many of the 270 Team Scotland athletes will be based as they complete their final Commonwealth preparations. Living and training on campus at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, the Preparation Camp provides an important transition into the multi-sport environment awaiting when the athlete’s village opens and the Games commence.
The University of Stirling has a proud history in supporting athletes in the pursuit of their sporting and academic goals. It was the first university in Scotland to develop a sports scholarship programme and now manages Winning Students, the Scottish Funding Council’s national sports scholarships for elite athletes studying in colleges and universities across Scotland.
Fourteen Stirling students and alumni competed at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. 2007 Economics and Finance graduate Colin Fleming won gold in the tennis mixed doubles, coached by the University’s High Performance Tennis Coach Euan McGinn. There was Stirling success in the pool too where Accountancy fresher Jak Scott, Sports Studies student Lewis Smith and 2010 Accountancy and Business Studies graduate Andy Hunter swam to silver in the freestyle relay. Current Stirling student swimmer Cameron Brodie, then not yet at University, was also part of the relay team.
Stirling staff continue to contribute their sporting expertise and experience to the Commonwealth Games, with many fulfilling key roles such as team coaches, board members, volunteers and administrators. Stirling is home to Commonwealth Games Scotland and has hosted its Team and Preparation Camps at past Commonwealth Games and Youth Games. The University is also home to the Commonwealth Games Scotland archive, featuring artefacts and memorabilia from past Games, including everything from medal cushions to team kit and rare video footage.