Sunday, November 27, 2016

Swimmers Gather to Focus on Gold Coast 2018

50 swimmers along with coaches, performance and support staff came together in Stirling for a Commonwealth Games Gathering weekend to focus on the selection process for the Gold Coast in 2018.

While the Games themselves are still over 490 days away, the qualification window for swimmers opens in April at the British Championships and will run through to the end of August. The Gathering included several Commonwealth Games medallists, including Corrie Scott, Ross Murdoch, Stephen Milne and Duncan Scott, along with a number of junior swimmers hoping to make their mark in the coming season.

Scotland’s National Coach, Alan Lynn, said,

“The purpose of the weekend is to give as wide a group of athletes the opportunity to learn about the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and make sure everyone is aware of the selection criteria and qualification period for 2018.

“The process for Scottish Swimming started immediately after Glasgow and will now gather momentum with our first national team camp in January 2017 followed quickly by a training camp in Brisbane.  The camps will involve close to 35 athletes and will give them a great start to the opening of the qualification window. “

Jon Doig, Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Scotland and Chef de Mission for Team Scotland, attended the Gathering providing insight into the culture and values of Team Scotland, as well as sharing information on venues, Scotland House and the athletes village will be situated during the Games.

Reminiscing about a similar Gathering almost four years ago, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist from Glasgow, Corrie Scott, said,

“It’s unreal that it’s come around so fast. Glasgow was amazing having a home Commonwealth Games and standing on that podium was the best experience ever. I really want to do it again so I’m very excited for the Gold Coast and I’m pleased that Gatherings like this have started so early.

“To stand up in front of the younger athletes as a Commonwealth Games medallist was surreal. I’ve had to come through the ranks and just before Delhi I was one of the younger ones and here I am on the other side and I’m really proud to be part of the legacy of Scottish Swimming and Team Scotland. I’m excited to continue and work towards securing a qualification time for the Gold Coast; it’s going to be a great couple of years.”

The weekend also included a visit to the Battle of Bannockburn Heritage Centre to focus on battle training, comradeship and success, as well as a dinner where Commonwealth Games Champion, Robbie Renwick, shared his experience of three successive Games.

For silver squad member, Luke Robbins, this weekend has provided his first taste of such an event, he said,

“It’s pretty exciting to be part of this weekend, it makes you feel part of the team already and gives you belief that it could actually be you at some point, whether for the Gold Coast in 2018 or Durban in 2022. Everywhere you turn there’s a Commonwealth Games medallist, or an elite coach or senior athlete you’ve looked up to, so the knowledge and experience in this room is impressive and I’m just so happy to be part of it.“

The Team Scotland selection policy for swimming can be found here:

http://www.cgcs.org.uk/inc/pages-download.aspx?doc=2016-July-2018-Swimming-Selection-Policy-Final-Policy-29-March-2016.pdf

Para-swimming and diving selection policies are due to be released shortly.

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