Friday, July 18, 2014

Reflections with Gregor Tait

8 years ago Gregor Tait became Scotland’s most successful ever athlete in a single Commonwealth Games, winning two Gold and two Bronze medals. We caught up with Gregor ahead of the Scottish Gas National Championships 2014 to find out about his experience and life after competitive swimming.

It’s been 8 years since the Melbourne Games, what are your memories of that time? 

My memories are still very fresh as I would consider it the best time in my swimming career. I can remember pretty much every day leading into the meet and every day during. It was an amazing few weeks and will always be special. I was in Melbourne a few weeks ago and remembered all the different places i went during the games and the fun that was had. 

Did you have any idea how much attention you (Caitlin and David) would get following your medal success?

I don't think any of us really knew what the attention was like back home. I think we all hoped we were getting the publicity we deserved during the week because as a team we had excelled beyond everybody’s thoughts.

Was it good to have two other team-mates to share in the glory/attention etc?

It was great to share it with those 2 as they have both been a big part of my swimming career long before and after the meet so it was very special for us all.

What is it like being part of Team Scotland?

Words can't really describe how proud you feel representing your country. We do not get the chance to represent Scotland too often so we take it very seriously and love every minute of it. It was a great team to be a part of as we all wanted the same thing and strived to achieve it. 

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the selection meets, what advice would you give athletes leading up to the event? 

All the hard work has been done and this is the time to rest and prepare for a good quality meet. You have to enjoy the meet and if you have done the work leading up the times will come. 

And what advice would you give athletes who make the team on the whole Team Scotland experience? 

Enjoy every minute of it. It’s a great time to be a part of an amazing team and to compete on home soil makes it even more special. 

Do you miss competitive swimming?

I do miss the racing side of swimming but I definitely do not miss the training part!! 

What are you doing now?

I am a qualified Personal Trainer and run my own training and nutrition business. I am also involved in a sports management company managing Olympic athletes.

Any chance we’ll see you in Glasgow over the summer?

I am coming over 2 weeks before the games starts and will be there for a month taking in everything and hopefully working at the same time. I cannot wait to come back as it will be the first time since I left in 2008.