Rhona Simpson

Date: 25/06/2014

Scotland's most-capped hockey player Rhona Simpson has represented her country at three Commonwealth Games. She currently chairs the Athletes' Advisory Committee on behalf of the board for Glasgow 2014.

In playing for her country over 280 times, Scotland's most-capped hockey player and top goal scorer, Rhona Simpson knows more than most how special the Commonwealth Games can be.

And for Rhona, who received her first full international cap at just 19 years old, 2014 will be a fantastic year for Scotland and the nation's sporting legacy.

She said: "I cannot wait for the Games to come here and I honestly feel as though the place is already buzzing, venues are springing up all over and it seems as though people across the country are starting to try out new sports.

"I can't recall another Commonwealth where so much was available to the public so far ahead of the Games, it is fantastic to see and really does show that a great effort is being made to ensure a lasting legacy is built on the back of 2014."

Growing up in Ayrshire, Rhona first started playing hockey at the age of 12 as part of the curriculum at her school, Wellington School. Giving up her Saturdays to play throughout the area, Rhona's natural talent led to her being selected for the South West District Team with things quickly progressing from there.

Having already played in various international competitions including the Olympics in 1996, Rhona was well-versed in the excitement of big multi-sport events. So when team sports were introduced to the Commonwealth Games for the first time in 1998, Rhona was delighted to be part of the team to represent Scotland on the global stage.

She continued: "It was absolutely amazing getting to play for Scotland at Kuala Lumpar 1998. I still remember marching out to the bagpipes at the opening ceremony and how it felt to be part of the Games where team sports were included for the first time. The fact it was all new made it incredibly special, I feel very lucky to have been there."

Since her first Games in 1998, Rhona has gone on to play in two more Commonwealth Games for Team Scotland in 2002 and 2006, whilst also being responsible for the development of many world-class players in her coaching roles at Glasgow's Giffnock Hockey Club and through various national squads.

She has now taken up the position as Chair of the Athlete's Advisory Committee for Glasgow 2014 where she is working to ensure that every athlete has the best possible experience at the Games.

She said: "I started coaching to share my experiences with young athletes and to try to give something back to the sporting world. I suppose in a way, my role on the Glasgow 2014 board is just another side of this.

"It's brilliant to be part of an event as big as the Commonwealth Games. I have been involved since the bid stage so to see everything coming together makes me very proud indeed. Glasgow will produce a fantastic Games with the friendly people and I am confident we will create a great atmosphere and buzz throughout the city during the Games. I would encourage everyone to get behind our national team and make the most of the many opportunities being created."