A bounce in enthusiasm on the back of London 2012, the opening of a key venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the launch of Clyde, the official Glasgow 2014 mascot has marked a memorable six months for Glasgow 2014.
A new report, released by Glasgow 2014 Games Partners today (Monday 29 October), highlights the recent achievements of the organisation, culminating in an encouraging Coordination Commission review by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Following a recent visit, Commission Chairman Bruce Robertson spoke positively about progress to date and described Glasgow 2014 as having the opportunity to be the best Commonwealth Games ever and a ‘blueprint’ for future Commonwealth Games.
As momentum gathers towards Scotland's biggest multi-sports showcase, the key highlights of the report include;
- Interest across Scotland in buying tickets for Glasgow 2014 doubled following the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with more than 40% of Scots saying the experience had made them more excited for the Commonwealth Games.
- The launch of Clyde, the official mascot for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Designed by 12-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld, Clyde the Thistle will be the friendly face of Glasgow 2014 over the next two years.
- The announcement of Britain’s most celebrated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy as first Official Ambassador for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Sir Chris was closely followed by world-famous Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, celebrated swimmer Rebecca Adlington and Sweet Sixteen actor Martin Compston. The role of Ambassadors will be to promote the Games over the next two years and help ensure as many people as possible make the most of Scotland’s largest ever sporting and cultural event.
- The opening of two key venues in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Commonwealth Arena in the East End of Glasgow, which will become world-class theatres of sport during the Games. These venues, already open to the public, are proof that the legacy of the Games is not simply an aspiration for tomorrow – but a fact of today.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said:
“The last six months have been a real game-changer for the Organising Committee. We have reached a number of milestones and built significant momentum as we get closer to the Games. The recent Commonwealth Games Federation Coordination Commission highlighted the progress we have made in recent months and the opportunity we have to deliver an outstanding Commonwealth Games.
“We remain confident but not complacent and focused on the task in hand. There is a lot of hard work to be done by the Organising Committee, our Games Partners and our stakeholders over the next two years to ensure we stage a Games of which Glasgow, Scotland and the Commonwealth can be proud.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:
“I am delighted to see that all interested parties agree that the preparations of the Games Partners for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are progressing very well. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games showed what a positive impact a mega-event can have on a country, inspiring many people in so many different ways. One impact was even greater enthusiasm for 2014 from athletes and people wanting to become involved, whether as spectators or volunteers.
”Any visitor to Glasgow will be impressed by the rising of venues and facilities that - in addition to those already existing - will be used during the Games. One of these new venues, the Commonwealth Arena, opened just a few weeks ago and is already a huge success. Other recent landmarks towards the Games have been delivered to great acclaim, illustrating that we are ready for 2014.”
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said:
“ What a fantastic six months these have been. From the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, to the opening of two new key venues and of course meeting our new mascot Clyde, we have seen great success. Building on these successes, the Scottish Government is committed to developing a legacy for the whole of Scotland, including a new £10 million fund to create or improve places in local communities where people can go to get active. However, we must continue to work just as hard as we race towards 2014 to ensure Glasgow, and Scotland, hosts a Commonwealth Games everyone can be proud of.”
Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, Michael Cavanagh said:
“The recent Commonwealth Games Coordination Commission findings are a strong endorsement for the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and with less than two years to go, Commonwealth Games Scotland and its partners are well on track with their planning for Team Scotland’s participation in the Games.
“The success of Glasgow 2014 will largely be measured in Scotland by the performance of our athletes and we are aiming to deliver Scotland’s best ever Games performance in front of a home crowd in Glasgow.”