Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Athletes and Staff Gather as #OneTeam on Final Team Scotland Camp ahead of Gold Coast Games

Athletes and staff for Team Scotland 2018 gathered in Dunblane for the final Team Camp before the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. With the overwhelming majority of athletes in attendance, it was a first coming together of all 18 sports, with the Team Scotland ethos of ‘One Team’ central to proceedings.

Information ranging from travel, acclimatisation and health, to living in the Athletes’ Village and performing at a multi-sport Games was on the agenda. Athletes also learned life-saving skills with CPR workshops from Save a Life for Scotland. Team Scotland 2018 also had the opportunity to hear from past athletes as they shared their experiences and passed on their top tips for a successful Games, before the day ended with the all-important collection of the team kit.

Speaking about his day, Craig Benson said:

“It’s been a really good day. I’ve enjoyed meeting everyone and while there’s been a lot of information to take in, it’s been good to get it all in one day. That means as athletes we can now focus on training.”

Speaking about the kit, Benson continued,

“It is always exciting to get the kit. Ahead of other major events I’ve been to, including Glasgow Commonwealth Games, I’d seen some of the designs so had an idea of what I was getting. I’ve not seen any of the Gold Coast kit and it all seems really good and I can’t wait to wear it in  Australia.”

Three times Commonwealth Games athlete Grace Reid echoed the excitement, she said,

“This is actually the first time I’ve been at the final team camp and got my kit on the day its given out. In previous occasions I’ve been injured or out of the country so this is genuinely exciting.”

Speaking about the Games, Reid continued,

“It is quite scary to think these are my third Games and I’m now considered a veteran! I was the baby of the team in Delhi and lots of people took me under their wing.  I feel this time I can give back to the younger ones on the dive team and across the other sports and I’m the one who  can now help where I was helped before.”

Jon Doig OBE, Team Scotland Chef de Mission said: “Today has been a fantastic opportunity for athletes and staff to get to know each other and come together as one team before heading to Australia over the coming weeks. The information they have received will stand them in great stead for Gold Coast and we hope they leave inspired and ready to perform with distinction, as we aim for our best overseas Games in history.”