- Monday 08 May 2017
Scotland has ramped up its preparations for its pre-Commonwealth Games camp on the Sunshine Coast with a series of site visits, meetings and networking activities.
Up to 300 athletes and support staff from Team Scotland will call the Sunshine Coast home in the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The team will base their official overseas preparation camp at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort with athletes staying for up to three weeks before the Games begin on April 4, 2018.
Mayor Mark Jamieson will welcome a delegation of Team Scotland representatives, including Commonwealth Games Scotland chair Paul Bush, sport team managers, general team management and team camp staff at tonight’s networking function at Novotel Twin Waters.
“We are already building strong connections with Team Scotland and are very much looking forward to having them with us in under a year now for their pre-Games camp,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Over the past few days they have been visiting a number of our venues to consolidate their plans for next year.
“They love what our region has to offer and we know our residents will love having them with us for an extended stay before the Games begin.
“Tonight’s networking event is an opportunity for the operators and managers of the training facilities and venues on the Coast that may be used by Team Scotland before the games to meet up with the people they are in line to work closely with early next year.”
Team Scotland Chef de Mission Jon Doig OBE said the Sunshine Coast provided a great range of facilities and the ideal environment to ensure athletes would be well prepared for the Commonwealth Games, where the team will aim to have its most successful ever overseas Games.
“The key to Scotland’s success has always been in our planning and preparation and the team camp has always played a vital part in developing our strong team ethos and ensuring everyone is in the best possible shape for the Games,” he said.
“We have spent considerable time with all 18 sports identifying the best possible location for their specific needs.
”For the vast majority, the facilities and environment on the Sunshine Coast and at Twin Waters, in particular, will undoubtedly provide the ideal home away from home for the athletes as they adjust to the travel, climate, culture and the unique multi-sport environment of the Commonwealth Games.”
The 2014 Commonwealth Games hosts will be joined by 32 athletes and officials from the Isle of Man at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort in the lead-up to the Gold Coast Games, while up to 60 athletes and officials from Wales will be based in Brightwater for around two months leading into the event.
The team from Niue in the South Pacific will be based at Currimundi.
Fast facts about Scotland
• The Commonwealth Games is the only major multi-sport event in which Scottish athletes and teams compete as Scotland; otherwise Scotland participates in multi-sport events as part of a Great Britain team.
• Scotland is one of only six countries to have competed in every Games since the first Empire Games in 1930 and has hosted the Games three times - twice in Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986, and most recently in Glasgow in 2014.
• Scotland is coming off its most successful Commonwealth Games in 2014, where as hosts, they won 19 Gold, 15 Silver and 19 Bronze medals to finish fourth on the medal table.
• In 2018, Scotland is aiming to select a team capable of having its most successful overseas Games, with a goal of winning more than 29 medals. To date, Scotland’s most successful Games overseas were in Melbourne in 2006, the last time the Games were held in Australia