Clyde welcomes the world

For CCThis post is by Nancy Jardine.

GLASGOW– the city of my birth and presently the venue of The Commonwealth Games 2014.

Clyde, the friendly face on the right,  welcomes the world to the city and is the mascot of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Clyde is named for the River Clyde on which Glasgow is built, and was designed by a 12 old to be representative of the emblem of Scotland – the Scottish Thistle – Clyde 4 20140802_092534 with  a quirky athletic style.

Glasgow has been abuzz as it has readied itself for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Although not on the scale of the Olympic Games, for many athletes the Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle of their achievement. Amateur and semi-professional athletes alike, with financial backing or not, can enter the games and reach excellent levels.

Many brand new buildings have been created to house the athletes, and suitable arenas have been altered or created for them to perform in. Regeneration projects have been wound into the planning of the new venues around the city of Glasgow, some of which go beyond the city into areas not too distant – for events like cycling which requires outdoor tracks.

hydro Image1The new buildings are substantial and will be available to the general public for generations to come. The funding needed for these projects has been generated in and around Glasgow, most via Glasgow City Council, and other funds have been locally sourced. The money hasn’t come from general UK funding- unlike the hugely expensive London Olympics which Scotland contributed to via the UK London based government.

The Hydro, seen at left,  is a multi-purpose venue, seating a realistic 13,000 audience, and will be used for future music gigs/concerts as well as sporting events.  During the 2014 games, it has hosted the netball matches and the gymnastic  events.

This link can give you much more information about the many new buildings for the games.

http://www.gameonscotland.org/glasgow2014/venues/index.asp

Over the decades of the running of the games, they have been called slightly different names, reflecting the different political climates under which they have operated. From 1930 -1950 they were The British Empire Games; from 1954-1966 the British Empire and Commonwealth Games; from 1970-74 they were named The British Commonwealth Games; and since then The Commonwealth Games.

Similar to the Olympics, The Commonwealth Games are held every 4 years but unlike the Olympics there is no Team GB. There are separate teams for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. No guesses who I’ll be supporting!

The aim of the games is to ‘ unite the Commonwealth family through sport’ and it’s very encouraging to see that some sports which are particular favourites in Commonwealth countries are listed in the games, but wouldn’t be in the Olympics. Netball and lawn bowls are 2 examples. The Commonwealth Games are referred to as ‘The Friendly Games’ as English is the language used by all and is common to all performers.

6500 athletes and supporting officials from 71 different nations and territories are competing in 17 different sports over the 11 days of the games. As I write this post, it is day 10 of the events. The venues have been jam packed every day with thousands of visitors swarming into the arenas. The results are brilliant. Team Scotland (gives a big cheer!)  are sitting at this position as I write at 3 pm UK time. A  good score for a country of approximately 5 million people, as opposed to 50+ million in England.Meddal table 2.30pm 2nd August 2014The opening Ceremony wasn’t to everyone’s taste, nor is the controversial Team Scotland outfits, but I hope the Closing Ceremony will be spectacular tomorrow night ( Sunday 3rd Aug 2014)

Have a great weekend! I’ve got some events still to watch….

 

Nancy Jardine writes historical adventures and contemporary mysteries.

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14 Responses to Clyde welcomes the world

  1. Doris says:

    Nancy,
    These events are such amazing adventures and honors for the participants. Living where the Olympic Committee makes its home, I can understand the excitement. Loved this post. Thank you. Doris

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  2. Mike Staton says:

    Why can’t the U.S. participate? We were a colony. Lol.

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  3. Thank you for an interesting look at athletics in Scottland.

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  4. Neva Bodin says:

    INteresting post with history! Bet you are having a grand time! Thanks for a look into Scotland’s these games which I knew nothing about before! Neva

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  5. Nancy Jardine says:

    Glad to bring you something new, Neva.

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  6. How interesting Nancy. I’ve never heard of the Commonwealth Games but they sound fantastic. As an avid Summer and Winter Olympics fan I’m sure I’d love the Commonwealth Games as well. Especially the sports we don’t participate in here. Thank you for this post – I learned something new today!

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    • Nancy Jardine says:

      Thanks Linda. The Commonwealth Games are very important for the many amateur athletes who get to do a bit of world travel in with the fierce competition.

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  7. Wranglers says:

    Nancy, you are so steeped in culture, it’s amazing and I love sharing a little Scotland through your adventures. Cher’ley

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  8. sstamm625 says:

    I didn’t know about the Commonwealth Games, Nancy. So interesting to read about them, and Clyde is kind of cute little critter. Go, Scotland!

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  9. katewyland says:

    Gotta ask: what is netball?

    I’d heard of the Commonwealth Games but didn’t know anything about them. Sounds like a good way to create some good will between members. It amazes me the buildings that go up for any of these games. Always wonder if they’re really going to be used afterwards. Thanks for a fun post.

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  10. erinfarwell says:

    What fun. I never heard of these games before but I need to find a way to watch. Too late this year but I’m sure I can find some video on the internet. Great post.

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