Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – Building to Gold Coast 2018

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The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are over and, with only a few distractions, were a success for both the organisers, the athletes and the spectators…and they were pretty lucky with the weather.  England won the medal count (due in no small way to their massive funding injection) and Australia came second (due in some part to our funding constraints).   Sally Pearson, the Hockeyroos, the Kookaburras, the Diamonds, the swimmers (how about the girls relay!), the cyclists, what a show…..Usain, please do not retire before we can see you run on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Transport unfortunately was a handful for the Glasgow OC, difficult with outlying venues.  The Gold Coast has transport sorted with existing systems, part of which is the Light Rail Network, and a culture of “park and ride” in place.  Transport (and security) placed a huge part in our bid planning and was one of our big selling points in winning the bid.

My former colleagues at GOLDOC have spent a lot of time in Glasgow before and during the Games listening, watching and learning and will come back energised to deliver the best Games ever in 2018.  Dismiss the knockers who say they cringed at the Handover Ceremony to the Gold Coast – it hit the right note and was a critical symbolic gesture for the Games stakeholders by saying confidently “thank you Glasgow we will take it from here”.  GOLDOC is in stage three, intense planning and testing, before the implementation and delivery stages.

Four years will slip by quickly.  Tickets will be on sale before you realise it.  Be enthusiastic.  Rubbish those who say it is not the Olympic Games – it isn’t and is not intended to be, it is the Commonwealth Games, something uniquely ours about inclusion, competition and being the best you can be.  It will be the biggest event in Queensland since the last Games in 1982 and the biggest event in Australia in the few years before and after 2018.  The Games will do to the Gold Coast what it did for Brisbane, growth and maturity economically and psychologically.

The confidence coming off the Games might just nudge Scotland into sovereignty from England.


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