Scottish racing cyclist Kate Cullen won bronze in the points race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She is currently working for Glasgow 2014â€™s delivery team as a Venue Overlay Manager.
Despite not taking up the sport until she was 24 years old, four years later track cyclist Kate Cullen brought home Commonwealth bronze as part of Team Scotland.
And for Kate who was inspired to give cycling a go after visiting Manchesterâ€™s Commonwealth velodrome whilst working on a design project for her architecture degree, the Games as a whole have had a massive impact on her life.
She said: â€œI was always quite a sporty person but it was only when I started designing a hypothetical velodrome for my degree that a visit to Manchester changed everything â€“ I had a go on the track built for the Commonwealth Games there and that was it really, I was hooked!
â€œWhen I moved to Edinburgh, I quickly joined the cityâ€™s cycling club and trained hard to progress through the ranks. Then at the British Championships in 2002, it became clear that I was ready to compete at Commonwealth level so I started preparing for the 2006 Games.â€
The Games that Kate was to participate in were in Melbourne 2006 â€“ an event which she still sees as being incredibly memorable.
She continued: â€œIt was an amazing experience to be out in Australia with Team Scotland and to get to compete for my country alongside inspiring athletes like Chris Hoy. I certainly learned a lot from everyone around me and the atmosphere was just incredible. Â Â
â€œI also didnâ€™t have support riders like many of my competitors at the time so it definitely felt like a big achievement to come back with a bronze medal. It was a proud moment.â€
Kate is now looking forward to 2014 and is playing a central role in the preparation as part of the team responsible for the design and management of temporary facilities for the Games.
With the world set to watch, she hopes that Scotland is able to showcase itself as an outstanding host and that people across the country make the most of the long-term benefits arising from having the event on home soil.
She continued: â€œWe have a huge job ahead but itâ€™s extremely exciting to be at the heart of the Games with lots already happening across the country.
â€œItâ€™s especially good to see world-class venues like the velodrome already open and accessible to the public. I hope people make the most of these incredible new facilities and just get out there and enjoy the many opportunities being created.
â€œI think sometimes we have to â€˜make doâ€™ in Scotland but the Games coming to us just proves that we are capable of playing host to some of the biggest and best events the world has to offer. Iâ€™m really looking forward to 2014 and Iâ€™m sure the excitement across the country will continue to build in the months to come.â€