Scotland at the Commonwealth Games

Scotland is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since the first Empire Games in 1930. The others are Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and Wales.

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 has hosted the Commonwealth Games three times, Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986, and Glasgow in 2014.[1] The inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh in 2000.

Scotland sent a team of 207 athletes and 85 officials to the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, and won 30 medals (6 Gold, 8 Silver and 16 Bronze).

After the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Scotland was seventh in the all-time tally of medals, with an overall total of 451 medals (119 Gold, 132 Silver and 200 Bronze).

Scotland's most successful Commonwealth medallist by total medals is shooter Alister Allan, with 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals from 1974 to 1994. In 2018, Lawn Bowler Alex Marshall became the most successful athlete by Golds, winning his fifth Gold Medal which gave him 6 overall, having also won a Silver at the Gold Coast Games.[2] Other successful medallists include athlete Allan Wells (a total of 4 Gold, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze in two Games – 1978 & 1982) and Peter Heatly (diving Gold's in three successive Games & 1 Silver & 1 Bronze – 1950, 1954 & 1958). Lawn bowler Willie Wood is the first competitor to have competed in seven Commonwealth Games, from 1974 to 2002, missing 1986 because of a dispute over amateurism.

Scotland at the
Commonwealth Games
Flag of Scotland
CGF codeSCO
CGACommonwealth Games Scotland
Websitegoscotland.org
Medals
Ranked 7th
Gold
119
Silver
132
Bronze
200
Total
451
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)
British Empire Games
  • 1930
  • 1934
  • 1938
  • 1950
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
British Commonwealth Games
  • 1970
  • 1974
Commonwealth Games

Medal tally

  Host country (Scotland)[3]

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1930 Hamilton23510
1934 London541625
1938 Sydney0235
1950 Auckland53210
1954 Vancouver62513
1958 Cardiff55313
1962 Perth47314
1966 Kingston1449
1970 Edinburgh*681125
1974 Christchurch351119
1978 Edmonton36514
1982 Brisbane861226
1986 Edinburgh*3121833
1990 Auckland571022
1994 Victoria631120
1998 Kuala Lumpur32712
2002 Manchester681630
2006 Melbourne1171129
2010 Delhi910726
2014 Glasgow*19151953
2018 Gold Coast9132244
Totals (21 games)119132201452

Commonwealth Games council and member governing bodies

The Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland (CGCS) is the national sporting organisation responsible for entering a Scottish team in the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. It is also responsible for organising bids for hosting the Commonwealth Games. The CGCS headquarters is at the Gannochy Sports Centre, on the campus of the University of Stirling.

Membership of the CGCS consists of representatives of the governing bodies of the 26 sports in the Commonwealth Games programme from which the host city selects up to 17 sports for each Commonwealth Games:

Flag and victory anthem

CGCS
Logo of Team Scotland

Scotland uses the St Andrew's Cross as its flag at the Commonwealth Games. This flag is common for all sporting teams that represent Scotland as an entity distinct from the United Kingdom.

From 2010 onwards, Scotland will use "Flower of Scotland" as the victory anthem. This replaces "Scotland the Brave" which was used at previous between 1958 and 2006. Prior to 1958, "Scots Wha Hae" was used.[4] The new anthem was chosen in January 2010 by athletes that had been selected to participate in the 2010 games. The shortlist of anthems also included "Scotland the Brave", "Loch Lomond" and "Highland Cathedral".

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Scotland's most successful Commonwealth athlete ever". Capital FM. Global Media & Entertainment Ltd. 13 April 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Malaysia Commonwealth Games History". Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Games team picks new Scots anthem". BBC News. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2011.

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Brian Smith (cyclist)

Brian Smith (born 7 July 1967 in Paisley) is a former Scottish racing cyclist turned commentator and manager.

Before turning professional Smith rode for the French amateur team Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt. He won the professional men's race at the British National Road Race Championships in 1991 and 1994, and was runner-up in 1992 and 1993. He competed for Britain in the 1996 Olympic road race and represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 1986, 1990 and 1998. He also won the Grand Prix Midtbank in 1994.

Since 2009, he has commentated on cycle racing for British Eurosport. He also joined the Endura Racing cycling team as general manager in 2011. Following Endura's merger with the German-based NetApp squad at the end of 2012 to form NetApp–Endura, Smith was initially appointed to the role of assistant general manager before becoming the team's Business Development Manager. In July 2014 team MTN–Qhubeka appointed Brian Smith as interim general manager until the end of the year as he had participated in the formation of the now-defunct Cervélo TestTeam. In addition Smith acts as manager to Czech rider Leopold König. In April 2016 it was announced that Smith would leave Team Dimension Data (as MTN-Qhubeka had become) at the end of the month by mutual consent, with Smith explaining that his role had become less hands-on and more focused on administration and logistics with the team's achievement of UCI WorldTeam status.Smith is the founder of the Braveheart Cycling Fund, which was launched in 2003 to support young Scottish racing cyclists.

Douglas Walker (athlete)

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Educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh, in 1998 he became European champion in both 200 metres and 4x100 metres relay. With 31.56 seconds he is the European record holder in 300 metres, although this distance is rarely run.

He failed a drugs test in 1998 but was acquitted in 1999 by UK Athletics. IAAF did however overturn that decision and he received a two-year doping ban in 2000. The ban effectively ended his elite level athletics career.

Duncan Scott (swimmer)

Duncan William MacNaughton Scott (born 6 May 1997) is a British swimmer representing Great Britain at the FINA World Aquatics Championships and the Olympic Games, and Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. An all-rounder in the pool, Scott has swum internationally in 100 and 200 metres freestyle and butterly, and 200 metres individual medley. He has won two golds at the World Championships in 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay, as well as silvers at the World Championships and Olympics in freestyle and medley relay. Individually, Scott was the 100 metre freestyle champion at the 2015 European Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games, and the 200 metre freestyle champion at the same European Games and the 2018 European Aquatics Championships.

Winning three gold medals in the (100 m and 200 m freestyle, and 4 × 100 m freestyle relay) at the 2015 European Games., he was the most successful British athlete at the European Games. A month later, he formed part of the Great Britain squad that won the gold medal at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in the men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay as the 4th leg swimmer in the heat, before being replaced for the final. In 2016, he was a member of the Great Britain team that won silver in the same event at the Olympic Games, swimming both heats and finals, before winning the same medal swimming the anchor freestyle leg for Great Britain in the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay. The same team also won the 4 x 100 metre medley relay silver in the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.

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Glasgow bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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Gordon McIntyre

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He plays club hockey in the Men's England Hockey League for Wimbledon Hockey Club.He competed for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.

McIntyre made his Great Britain international debut on 17 October 2014.

James Carter (swimmer)

James Hill Carter (born 12 February 1957) is a Scottish former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain at the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships, and Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, during the 1970s and early 1980s. Carter competed in backstroke and freestyle swimming events ranging from 100 metres to 1500 metres.

Carter qualified for three Olympics in 1972, 1976 and 1980; his best result was fourth place as a member of the British men's team in the 4×100-metre medley relay in 1976. As a British relay team member, he won bronze medals in the 4x100-metre medley relay at the 1975 World Aquatics Championships and 1977 European Aquatics Championships. He also won a silver medal in the 1500-metre freestyle at the 1974 European Aquatics Championships.Between 1977 and 1979 he studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and swam for the university's California Golden Bears swimming and diving team. Before that he was trained at the Ryde-Carlile Swimming Club, Putney, New South Wales, Australia.As seen on the Food Network television programme Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Carter now owns a diner called Meal Ticket in Berkeley, California, together with his wife Carolyn Del Gaudio.

Jonathan Hammond (sport shooter)

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Kevin Moran (squash player)

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Scotland at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

Scotland competed at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia, from 22 November to 1 December 1962.

Scotland at the 1990 Commonwealth Games

Scotland at the 1990 Commonwealth Games was represented by the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland (CGCE).

Scotland joined the Commonwealth of Nations as part of the United Kingdom in 1931.

In this competition Scotland finished ninth in the medals table behind Nigeria.

Scotland at the 1994 Commonwealth Games

Scotland at the 1994 Commonwealth Games was represented by the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland (CGCE).

Scotland joined the Commonwealth of Nations as part of the United Kingdom in 1931.

In this competition Scotland finished seventh in the medals table behind India and Kenya.

Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games

Scotland sent a team of athletes 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Winning 3 gold, 2 Silver and 7 Bronze. Finishing 11th in the medal table.

Scotland at the 2002 Commonwealth Games

Scotland sent a team of 207 athletes and 85 officials to the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

In the Manchester Games Scotland won 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 16 Bronze medals.

Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland announced on 3 November 2005 that Scotland would be sending 166 athletes (104 men and 62 women) to compete in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, supported by 70 officials. This is a smaller team than the country fielded at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, when Scotland sent 207 athletes and 85 officials, winning 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 16 Bronze medals.

The main team's departure was on 28 February 2006 from Glasgow Airport flying with Emirates Airlines, one of the team's main sponsors. Other sources of financial support are the Clydesdale Bank, sportscotland, the Commonwealth Games Endowment fund, and the Scottish general public.

Scotland had been adversely affected by the withdrawal of judo from the 2006 programme, where it had won many medals in previous games.

Despite the withdrawal of judo the team had a hugely successful games and brought back its highest medal total ever.

The team was sponsored by the Clydesdale Bank.

Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

Scotland were represented at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. They used Flower of Scotland as its victory anthem for these games; replacing Scotland the Brave which had been in use since the 1950s. The change was decided by the Scottish athletes in a vote.

Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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