Thursday, June 23, 2011

Vicky Strange joins Glasgow 2014 as head of sport competition

Vicky Strange, one of the key figures behind Scotland's medal success at last year's 2010 Commonwealth Games, has been appointed as the head of sport competition at Glasgow 2014, it has been announced.

Her primary focus will be the establishment of a sport competition functional area, which will become the largest and most visible element of the sport department across all 17 Games sports.

This will include leading on all sport-specific technical and operational planning, the development of technical officials for each sport and the recruitment and management of each sport-specific competition management team.

"Vicky's previous roles and experiences have enabled her to develop strong relationships with a variety of sporting stakeholders, particularly with each of our Scottish Sports Governing Bodies, as well as gaining valuable exposure to different international competitions," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive John Scott.

"Vicky's mix of qualifications, skills, experiences and adventures all ensure that she will be a great asset to the Glasgow 2014 team."

As well as playing a pivotal role in Team Scotland's second most successful Games performance as general team manager in Delhi, where they won a total of 26 medals, including nine gold, to finish tenth overall, Strange has also been involved in varying capacities at both the Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

In addition to her Commonwealth Games experience, she has undertaken a variety of high performance and sport development roles in Scotland and is extensively travelled, including a cycle tour from New Zealand back to Scotland.

On starting her new role, Strange said: "I have had the great privilege of working at three previous Commonwealth Games, but to be involved in a Games in your own country is something extra special.

"The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games provide a fantastic opportunity for Scottish sport and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to play an integral part in staging a successful event for Scotland.

"Glasgow 2014 is to pride itself on being an outstanding athlete-centred and sport-focused Games of world-class competition so I am very much looking forward to ensuring we deliver this core value to our competing athletes."

In addition to her new role at Glasgow 2014, Strange will also continue to lead Scotland's team at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man in September as general team manager.

Louis Rosa to deliver Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay

Glasgow 2014 announces today that event management expert Louis Rosa will lead on one of the Commonwealth Games’ greatest traditions and the most complex event outside the Games themselves – the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Queen’s Baton Relay has been the curtain-raiser to every Commonwealth Games since Cardiff 1958 and is a powerful representation of the unity and diversity of the Commonwealth of Nations. It symbolises the gathering of people from across the Commonwealth at the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said“Louis has an unrivalled track record in planning and delivering some of the most vibrant, logistically challenging and technologically advanced relay events the world has ever seen.

“He has a terrific history in multi-sport Games and it is with delight that I welcome him to Glasgow 2014 where he will once again be challenged to deliver a vital aspect of what will be an outstanding Games for Glasgow and for Scotland.”

Louis Rosa added:”I am thrilled to join the Glasgow 2014 team and I look forward to the challenge of producing the baton relay. I am sure that it will be an event that Scotland will embrace as its own and be a source of pride for all Scots as the relay travels throughout the Commonwealth and Scotland.”

Louis brings with him experience of seven major multi-sport Games with specific expertise of complex Baton Relay’s from two Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002 and Delhi 2010) and Torch Relay expertise from the Beijing 2008 Olympics, two Winter Olympics (Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010) and the Doha 2006 Asian Games.

He has also garnered experience from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and other major sporting occasions such as the 2003 Rugby World Cup where he managed the 100 day promotional build-up billed as the “True Colours Tour”.

A true global specialist in complex international events, Louis is proficient in every area of the process, directly managing and leading on every aspect from concept through to implementation and delivery including the recruitment of baton-bearers.

Louis is also a qualified accountant and has also held senior event and finance positions for numerous Games and other events organisations over the last 15 years.

Volunteers required for televised event in Edinburgh

A great opportunity for volunteers to be part of a televised event in Edinburgh to promote the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This volunteering opportunity is for participation in the Royal Mile Parade on Friday 1st July 2011.
Glasgow 2014 will have a presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament, and will be participating in a procession down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. We are looking for volunteers who will represent the 71 Commonwealth Games Family countries to participate in this event, which will be attended by Her Majesty the Queen, MSP’s and dignitaries.
Applicants should be 18 or over and will be required to carry one of the 71 Commonwealth flags as part of the parade, and will be given a G2014 T-shirt to wear for the event and to keep as a souvenir. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Exact timings and location of the gathering will be confirmed closer to the time, with participants approximately taking part between 9am – 12pm.
There will be national and international live broadcasts, and be representations from national and local newspapers
Applicants are required to submit the following information by Thursday 23rd June 2011 direct to
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Glasgow 2014 to deliver some carnival Clow-t

Victoria Clow, a member of Team Scotland at Delhi 2010 and one of Scotland's young Commonwealth Games prospects for Glasgow 2014, will form part of a colourful showcase at the city's annual West End Festival.

Every year, Glaswegians look forward to the giant carnival that weaves its way through the city as part of the West End Festival with great anticipation, but this time, they will also await a chance to see Clow in action on "Festival Sunday" (June 5) as the city closes in on the milestone of three years to go.

The famous Mardi Gras parade involves over 800 participants and 10 samba bands, but very few will have the same credentials as rhythmic gymnast Clow.

Looking forward to being part of the celebrations, the 16-year-old Craigholme School pupil said: "The West End Festival is a fantastic event so I'm really excited about being involved in such a vibrant carnival – especially as part of the plans for Glasgow 2014.

"Representing Scotland in Delhi was an unbelievable experience but this will be another great stage for me as I continue preparations towards hopefully competing in my hometown in just over three years' time."

The festival, which runs from today until June 26, has over 600 events ranging from classical and choral music, folk, rock, jazz, theatre, dance, children's authors, guided walks to local gala days.

In 2010, more than 165,000 people attended free and ticketed events.

The famous "Festival Sunday" alone attracts tens of thousands from all over the city and central Scotland.

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