Capital to celebrate local athletes

Members of Team Scotland including six medal winners will take to the open air quadrangle of Edinburgh’s City Chambers next week for a public homecoming celebration.

Josh Taylor
Image of Josh Taylor credit: Edinburgh Evening News

Speaking at a full council meeting today (21 August), Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Donald Wilson, declared an outdoor Q&A with Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Games athletes will take place on Friday 29 August between 6:00-6:30pm.

The event announcement comes following the Team Scotland Athletes’ Parade which was held in Glasgow on August 15 for all Team Scotland athletes. In Edinburgh, 80 Edinburgh born, based, and trained athletes took part in the Glasgow 2014 competitions, taking 15 medals home.

So far, 24 Edinburgh linked athletes have been confirmed to attend the celebrations.*

They will be welcomed by the Lord Provost to a stage in the quadrangle – positioned in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town off the Royal Mile – and will be interviewed by comedian and commentator Alan Anderson before meeting with fans. 

A Commonwealth Games flag will be flown at the City Chambers to mark the occasion.

The athletes will then be joined by some of Edinburgh’s brightest and best young sporting talent as they join the city’s annual Edinburgh Sport Awards.

Held jointly between the council and Sportscotland, ClubSportEdinburgh, and Edinburgh Leisure, the awards are held in recognition of the excellent work and commitment of Edinburgh's sports clubs and volunteers.

In what has been an exceptional year for sport in Edinburgh more people and clubs have been nominated for awards than ever before.

Commenting, the Lord Provost said: “What better way to inspire Edinburgh’s up and coming sporting talent than to celebrate their achievements with some of the city’s Team Scotland stars.

“Our local Commonwealth Games athletes had tremendous results this summer, and their achievements are helping to encourage the next generation to develop their sporting talent.

“On behalf of the city, I congratulate all of our athletes and bright young stars and wish them the very best as they face their next sporting challenges.”

The event will be open to anyone of any age and will be free to attend. Please note that space in the quadrangle is limited, so please aim to arrive early to get a good view.

WHEN? 6:00-6:30pm on Friday 29 August.

WHERE? In the open air quadrangle outside the City Chambers. Afterwards, the athletes will enter the City Chambers for Edinburgh’s annual sports awards ceremony.

WHO WILL BE THERE? The Lord Provost; Edinburgh born, based and trained athletes from Team Scotland; MC Alan Anderson who is a comedian turned commentator during the games.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN? Interviews with athletes and an opportunity to meet and greet Edinburgh’s local stars.

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