Team Scotland athletes will complete their final preparations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at the University of Stirling before heading to the Athlete’s Village in Glasgow.
The University of Stirling, recognised as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence by the Scottish Government and home of Commonwealth Games Scotland, will again provide the base for final Team Scotland preparations after hosting Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games Preparation Camps since 2006.
After athletes and support staff from all 17 Sports gather on 5 and 6 July for final instructions and distribution of team clothing, the Team Scotland Preparation Camp gets underway from Monday 7 July, with athletes from 11 of the 17 sports on the Glasgow 2014 programme attending.
Earlier this month, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) announced the selection of 310 athletes, making it the largest ever Team Scotland to compete at a Commonwealth Games. Around 125 athletes and 40 support staff will be based on the Stirling campus, from: Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Para-Sport Powerlifting and Wrestling.
They will enjoy unique access to the wide range of available sports facilities, including the 50m swimming pool at the National Swimming Academy; the 400m athletics track and a state-of-the-art fitness suite with performance strength and conditioning areas. Athletes will stay on campus and access dedicated leisure areas ahead of the transition into the Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ Village.
Some 19 Stirling students and alumni have been selected for Team Scotland, including nine swimmers and triathlete Natalie Milne, a Sports Coaching student who currently competes in World Series and World Cup competitions.
Milne, who will compete in the Mixed Triathlon Relay, said: “The University provides the perfect location to prepare for the start line at Glasgow 2014. This will be my first Commonwealth Games, but from my experience of competing at World Cup and World Series events I know how important the final preparations are and I’m sure the Stirling campus will prove popular with all the athletes coming here.”