Let the Games begin! Lord Provost wishes athletes good luck at the Commonwealth Games

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, has issued a message of good luck to Scottish athletes competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Images of a weightlifter taking part in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Courtesy of Capital Collections.
Image of a weightlifter taking part in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Courtesy of Capital Collections.

The 224-strong Scottish contingent includes Council worker volleyball player Mel Coutts, table tennis champion school teacher Craig Howieson, and 16-year-old swimming professional and Firrhill High School pupil Keanna MacInnes. The team was the first to be waved into the arena in Australia’s Gold Coast today, where athlete Eilidh Doyle carried the Saltire flag on behalf of the Team.

Commenting ahead of the first Games tomorrow, the Lord Provost Frank Ross said:

“On behalf of everyone in Edinburgh, I would like to wish Team Scotland the very best of luck and congratulate each and every athlete for being selected to take part in this year’s Commonwealth Games.

“The number of Edinburgh born, based and trained athletes who have travelled to the Gold Coast this year is certainly impressive and clearly demonstrates the great sporting ethos we have here in Scotland’s Capital. A host city for the Commmonwealth Games three times – in 1970, 1986 and the diving during Glasgow 2014 – the legacy of these sporting events is immense. The Royal Commonwealth Pool remains a fantastic international venue, and we are well on our way to replacing Edinburgh’s flagship venue, Meadowbank Stadium, with a brand new facility.

“It has been incredible to see Edinburgh University graduate Eilidh Doyle become the country’s first female flagbearer today and lead her teammates into the Games. Scotland won 53 medals four years ago and with this year’s Scotland squad our biggest yet, I am sure we are in for another haul of gold, silver and bronze to be brought home.

“We will be cheering every member of Team Scotland on as they strive for success in their sport. Good luck.”

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