Homecoming parade and First Minister reception celebration for Scottish athletes’ success
Scottish Olympians and Paralympians will be honoured with a homecoming parade in Glasgow on September 14, Shona Robison Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport confirmed today.
These celebrations are being led by sportscotland and the Scottish Government with support from Glasgow City Council.
People will be able to celebrate the success and efforts of Scottish athletes at London 2012 on the streets of Glasgow, before the athletes go on to a reception hosted by First Minister Alex Salmond and Glasgow City Council.
Ms Robison said:
“In the year that Team GB and Scottish athletes attain a record medal haul, we must recognise and celebrate the remarkable achievements of those Scottish athletes who have participated in the Olympics, as well as those who will be participating in the Paralympics later this month.
“Here in Scotland, we have played our part in these great Games, from hosting football matches at Hampden Park to the hundreds of volunteers that went to London to help out at Olympic Park.
“As we celebrate these successes we must also look ahead to Glasgow 2014. I have great hopes and aspirations for Scotland’s athletes in the Commonwealth Games and I hope people will take inspiration from these medal winners.
“We are organising a parade through the streets of Glasgow featuring Scottish medal winners on Friday 14th September. More details and the route of the parade will be announced nearer the time, but I’d like everyone to join us in welcoming our Olympians and Paralympians back to Scotland.”
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said:
“Scotland is rightly proud of its athletes who won a record-breaking number of medals, and the record number of 55 Scots who were in the team. Their success, and that of their colleagues in Team GB, has been phenomenal.
“I know the Paralympians are eager to emulate that success and I wish the 26 Scots and all of the athletes in ParalympicGB every success in London.
“Glasgow is a fitting location for this celebration as it was an Olympic city, is bidding for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, and hosts Scotland’s largest ever multi-sport event in 2014.
“We will work tirelessly to continue the momentum gained by the Olympic triumphs – and, I hope, Paralympic success – and replicate that at Glasgow 2014 by making these Commonwealth Games the most successful ever for Team Scotland.”
Andy Hunt, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association and Chef de Mission for Team GB, said:
“Scottish athletes contributed 13 medals to Team GB and deserve to be celebrated in style. No one more so than Sir Chris Hoy who became the most decorated British Olympian of all time by securing another two gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave’s total of five gold medals.
“Every member of Team GB has inspired a new generation to take up sport and we hope that with Glasgow bidding for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, this will continue.”
Scottish Olympians won a record-breaking haul of medals in London 2012: seven gold, four silver and two bronze. The seven gold medals equalled the best ever return for Scots achieved 100 years ago at the Stockholm Games, but the haul of 13 medals comfortably surpassed the previous best medal haul of nine achieved at London 1908, Stockholm 1912, and Sydney 2000.