Gregor Tait

Date: 05/03/2014

Gregor Tait competed in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, winning two Gold and two Bronze medals for Team Scotland. He also brought home silver at the 2002 Games in Manchester. At the time, this achievement made Gregor Scotland's most successful ever athlete in a single Commonwealth Games.

And for the swimmer who originally hails from Glasgow, a Games on Scottish soil is something we can all set to benefit from, for generations to come.

"I know Scotland can put on the greatest show of all time and put our compact country on the map after all, people only need to see how amazing a place it is to fall in love with it.

"But it's important that the Games also do more than just create an incredible atmosphere. I certainly think the Games will help inspire a generation to try out new activities and ultimately catapult Scotland to being a powerhouse in world sport. It's a legacy which is already being built with new infrastructure and facilities and I'm sure the buzz will encourage Scots to get involved."

Having started swimming when he was just five years old, Gregor trained in various places over the years ranging from his native Scotland to England, Wales and Australia. He was first selected for a Commonwealth squad for the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpar.

He said: "It was an amazing feeling to represent my country and something I had always dreamed of. It was a long shot for me to make the team at all and I cherished the whole experience.

"I competed at three Commonwealth Games over the years and there is nothing better. The pride you feel can never be repeated and when you do succeed it makes it even better."

And success is something that Gregor more than achieved when he brought home two gold and two bronze medals in Melbourne 2006 the biggest medal haul for a Scottish athlete at a single Commonwealth Games.

He said: "To still have the title of the most successful Scottish athlete at a single Commonwealth Games is something athletes only dream of. I am very proud and will always remember the amazing feeling of securing each one of those medals.

"The reception after 2006 was unbelievable too. Being over in Australia, I don't think any of us in Team Scotland realised the Games would be so high profile and it was great to see the whole country getting behind us. I'll never forget being first off the plane on our arrival back home it was an incredible honour and completely overwhelming to have so many people there showing their support for every single athlete."

Gregor now lives in Australia working as a personal trainer and running his own nutrition and training business, he said: "Past Games have only proven how effective home support is and I'm sure the buzz will boost Team Scotland to greatness next year."