Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) is the lead body for Commonwealth sport in Scotland and is responsible for selecting, preparing and managing Scotland’s team at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
For every Games, CGS, in partnership with Scottish Wrestling and sportscotland, aim to deliver the best prepared team possible, creating the right environment and giving athletes every opportunity to excel.
This is an exciting time in Scottish sport and CGS with Scottish Wrestling are seeking to appoint an appropriately skilled person for the position of Team Manager: Wrestling. This is a voluntary role with expenses reimbursed.
Role Description and Application Forms
A role description and application form can be obtained by downloading them from the links below, or by contacting:
Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS)
Gannochy Sports Centre,
University of Stirling,
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The files may also be downloaded from the Commonwealth Games Scotland website here.
How to Apply
Applications should be returned by email to email@example.com no later than 12 noon on 29 November 2012.
Interviews will be held on 6 December 2012 in the offices at Commonwealth House, Glasgow 2014 Ltd.
Men’s Freestyle wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games took place on the 9th and 10th of October 2010 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Complex. Scotland’s three competitors were Craig McKenna at 55kg, Viorel Etko at 60kg and Sean Keogh at 84kg.
Men’s Freestyle Full Results
Download Full Wrestling Results PDF from the 2010 Commonwealth Games here.
With the Commonwealth Games in Delhi only 70 days away, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) and the Scottish Wrestling Association today announced the 10 wrestlers (three men and seven women) selected to represent Team Scotland at the Games in October. This is the first of 16 sports competing in Delhi to have its athlete selections confirmed.
One of the original six sports included in the first Games in 1930, wrestling is now an optional sport and was last in the Games at Manchester in 2002, and it will also be in Glasgow in 2014. Wrestling is a hugely popular sport in India and one in which the hosts have targeted significant medal success. Such is the level of interest in the sport that the Scots selected today can expect to compete in front of 5,000 capacity crowds at every session, which will take place at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex 5-10 October 2010.
Women’s wrestling will also be making its debut in Delhi and CGS is particularly delighted to have female entries in all seven weight categories a remarkable feat given that there was no women’s performance programme in Scotland until 18 months ago.
This has come about as a result of a sportscotland backed talent transfer initiative led by Scottish Wrestling, which saw judo athletes take up the sport. Five of the seven women selected today came from judo, having enjoyed considerable success in that sport, but with judo omitted from the Commonwealth Games programme in both Melbourne and Delhi, there was a clear incentive to switch. Twins, Donna and Fiona Robertson both have Commonwealth Games bronze medals in judo from the 1990 Games in Auckland and the 2002 Games in Manchester respectively.
The Scottish performance squad have mat sessions on six days each week at Palace of Art in Glasgow, overseen by national coach, Volodymyr Gladkov from Ukraine. This is complemented by three weekly strength and conditioning training sessions, provided as part of a support services package from the sportscotland institute of sport network.
The majority of the team visited Jalandahar in India in December last year to take part in the Commonwealth Championships, the official test event for the Commonwealth Games. They enjoyed their most successful ever Commonwealth Championships, winning five medals and hope this augurs well for Delhi in October.
Congratulating the team, Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the 10 wrestlers to Team Scotland. They have truly earned their places on the team and I hope that they now can focus over these next two months on their final preparations that will put them in the best possible shape to excel at the Games.”
Jon Doig, Team Scotland Chef de Mission added: “All the wrestlers can feel rightly proud that they are our first athletes named in Team Scotland. This is the first step to achieving their goals in Delhi and all the support staff look forward to ensuring they have every opportunity to excel at the Games.”
On behalf of Scottish Wrestling, Team Leader John Keogh said: “I am extremely proud of the team selected for Delhi. It is a fabulous achievement to have ten wrestlers qualify and is testament to all their hard work. The women in particular, most of whom transferred from judo only 18 months ago to now compete at the highest level in another sport, must be commended, along with our head coach Volodymyr Gladkov.”
The majority of the wrestling team now head to Romania on Monday to benefit from further training and international competition, then on to Ukraine as they make their final preparations for the Commonwealth Games.
Press release from Commonwealth Games Scotland – 24 July 2010
Team Scotland Wrestling Squad for Delhi 2010
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Commonwealth Games Scotland and Glasgow 2014 have announced the names of 30 up and coming, talented athletes who are the potential Scottish sports stars of Glasgow 2014 in four years time. Selected from Wrestling are Megan Malone and Tony McKenna along with coach Alan Harper.
The 30 athletes, 16 coaches and 10 mentors who have been selected for the Achieve 2014 programme, a new initiative designed specifically to enhance the winning opportunities of Scottish athletes and coaches on the world stage. The programme has been created to offer a number of talented athletes and coaches from the sports on the Glasgow 2014 programme, the opportunity to gain critical knowledge and experience of a senior multi-sport environment to assist their own preparations for success in Glasgow and beyond.
The athletes selected range from 15-28 years old and include Scottish and British junior and age group champions as well as a number of juniors starting to compete successfully in senior international competition. A few athletes just missed out on selection for Delhi 2010 but have clearly demonstrated the potential for future success.
The project will cost up to £144,000 and includes funding from Commonwealth Games Scotland and an award of £20,000 from sportscotland. The national agency for sport is also providing expertise to support the programme, with Commonwealth Games gold medallist, World Champion and Olympian in Judo, Graeme Randall MBE appointed as the Achieve 2014 Director. A number of other staff members have been appointed as mentors.
Post Games studies and reports on athlete success at multi-sport Games have consistently highlighted that the environment experienced is significantly different to that which most athletes and staff encounter at their own single sport championships. Whilst sending development athletes to the Games in the past has often proved to be a negative experience, with athletes unprepared for the big step-up. Raising the Games selections standards has helped improve results over the last two Games, with young athletes now getting a less pressured initial multi-sport experience via the successful Commonwealth Youth Games established by Scotland in 2000. The Achieve 2014 programmes now builds on this concept as a bridge to a full Games experience.
Achieve 2014 will offer the athletes and coaches announced today, the opportunity to travel to the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games for a five day learning experience. Each team member will observe their own or similar sport in competition as well as visit the Games Village to see how their Team Scotland counterparts live and train. They will complete specific learning tasks, daily event logs and, upon return, complete a brief report on their personal experiences throughout the whole event.
Assigned to each Achieve 2014 team member will be an athlete or coach mentor, who will work closely with them prior to, during and after the 2010 Games to ensure the time spent in Delhi is utilised to achieve a robust, performance related outcome. Amongst the mentors named today are 2006 Commonwealth Gold medallist shooter Susan Jackson, two time medallist in badminton Elinor Midlemiss and former hammer thrower, Shirley Webb who is also a member of the Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ Commission.
Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said:
“As we mark four years to go to the start of the 2014 Games I am absolutely delighted to announce our Achieve 2014 team who will get a taste of things to come in Delhi this year.
“As we have known for many years, some athletes rise to the big multi-sport occasion whilst others are overwhelmed by it and in 2014 competing on home soil will bring huge opportunities but also additional pressures. Investing in our future talented athletes and coaches is money well spent to help ensure that our athletes have the best preparation possible and can compete with distinction in 2014 and beyond.”
Graeme and his team of mentors are confident that the exciting young talent they have to work with will benefit hugely from the experience.
Graeme Randall MBE said:
“It is great to see the programme coming to life now we have selected our team. Different sports have chosen to use the programme in different ways depending on their stage of development, with some sports only nominating athletes whilst others have just selected coaches and some both. However they are all looking for the same outcome – to enhance their chances of success in Glasgow.”
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said:
“Glasgow has Four Years to Go until the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, and it’s fantastic to see these up and coming athletes getting the experience and support they need to achieve their Personal Best on home soil.
“Naming these athletes, mentors and coaches today has underlined our approach to delivering an outstanding Games in 2014 – and keeping them athlete centred and sport focused. I am looking forward to seeing these athletes at work in Delhi, and hearing about their learning experiences over the next Four Years as part of the Achieve 2014 programme.”
Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison said:
“Glasgow 2014 is no longer a distant prospect, the venues and infrastructure are rising from the ground here in Glasgow and all across Scotland people are getting involved and feeling the excitement that the Games will bring. As part of this the Scottish Government’s Games legacy plan aims to inspire everyone in Scotland to get involved and take advantage of this unique opportunity to become a healthier nation. This key landmark on the countdown to 2014 will help to encourage people to make lasting lifestyle changes which will improve their health and make Scotland an Active Nation.
“The young athletes of the future announced today as members of the Achieve 2014 programme symbolise our ambition and optimism for the Games. They have a huge opportunity to be part of the Scottish team competing at a major event. I hope that their experience at Delhi 2010 will inspire them and other aspiring Scottish athletes to excel in their chosen events and contribute to future Scottish sporting success.”
It is intended that the programme will run again in 2012 with athletes attending the London Olympic Games and then for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Press release from Commonwealth Games Scotland – 23 July 2010
Coach and Athlete Mentors
Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in partnership with sportscotland, is seeking to recruit outstanding personnel on a voluntary basis to join the CGS Achieve 2014 Team in preparation for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Achieve 2014 is a programme designed to enhance the winning opportunities of Scottish athletes and coaches on the World stage. The Achieve 2014 programme has been created to allow athletes and coaches to gain critical knowledge and experience of a multi-sport environment. This programme provides the opportunity to attend the Delhi 2010 Games in both mentor and participant roles.
We are keen to identify and appoint mentor candidates who are passionate about the Games and future sporting success and have knowledge to pass on. They will provide a mentoring support role to identified future Commonwealth Games athletes and coachws as part of a mentoring programme that will include an onsite learning experience during specified periods of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games which can be transferred into preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and other events.
For further information on the programme and how to apply, please see: www.cgcs.org.uk
The closing date is Thursday 8 April 2010 at 0900 hours and interview dates are scheduled for: Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 April 2010.
25 Year old Jayne Clason only took up wrestling 18 months ago and now she is poised to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.
Jayne even has an eye on a medal in the 55kg weight category, if she can replicate her form from the Commonwealth Championships last December, where she won a bronze medal against strong opposition. Jayne describes this success as the highlight of her sporting career so far.
Indeed it was this outstanding performance that has led her to be named as the Clydesdale Bank Athlete of the Month for January and she will receive a cheque for £500 towards her competition and training costs.
The scheme is being run with Clydesdale Bank as part of their programme of support to Team Scotland and is open to athletes in any of the 17 participating sports who are eligible to represent Scotland at next year’s Games in Delhi. Athletes will be nominated by their respective sports and will have demonstrated outstanding performances during the build-up to the Games.
“This is the first award of any kind that I have won”, said Jayne, “so I am absolutely delighted. I need some new wrestling boots which can cost between £100-£200 for good ones, along with other training kit so the money will be really useful as I can only work part-time as a gym assistant to fit round my training and competitions.”
Wrestling for women is making its Commonwealth Games debut in Delhi. It is a big sport in India and one in which they have targeted significant medal success. However Scotland also hopes to field some strong opposition, mainly thanks to a talent transfer scheme initiated by the Scottish Wrestling Association and following the principles of the talent programme being developed by the sportscotland institute of sport, which has seen Jayne along with four other girls switch from the sport of judo where they also enjoyed considerable success.
“I took up judo when I was just four years old”, said Jayne. “My dad coached the local club and so it was natural to get involved.” Black belt Jayne went on to compete at both Scottish and British level and also won a Commonwealth Championship bronze medal in judo. However two years ago, the qualified hairdresser from Grangemouth, was persuaded by her judo pals to give wrestling a go and she has not looked back.
“The sports are quite similar. You just have to adjust your technique a bit and remember that arm locks and strangles aren’t allowed in wrestling. The outfits are different and I now wear a lycra singlet instead of a judo suit which covers you from head to toe and gives you something to grab hold of. The lycra singlet is quite slippy and makes it difficult to bring your opponent down. Also in wrestling, you fight in a circle rather than the judo square and the mats are a bit softer.”
Wrestling is a physically exhausting sport which has three two minute rounds with only a 30 second break in between. To win the match you must win two of the three rounds by scoring more points than your opponent in each round. Alternatively pinning your opponent’s shoulders down firmly on the mat for one second can decide the match outright.
So to ensure she is in the best possible shape Jayne’s training involves five two hour sessions on the mat each week overseen by Ukrainian coach Volodymyr Gladkow at Palace of Art in Glasgow. This is complemented by several strength and conditioning training sessions each work organised by the Central Scotland Institute of Sport, along with medical and physiotherapy support if required.
Having won medals at both the British and Commonwealth Championships so far this season she only needs to do well at one final competition in Glasgow later in the year to secure her place on Team Scotland.
“I would love to go to Delhi as part of the team, I just can’t wait”, said Jayne. “I enjoyed going to India in December for the Commonwealth Championships. It was really good experience and despite all our concerns we all kept fit and healthy and competed really well with the Scots winning five medals in total – the most we have ever won.”
So will Jayne be tempted to switch back again in 2014 when judo makes a return to the sports programme? “No I am going to concentrate on wrestling”, she says firmly. “Wrestling is a much better fit for me. Whilst the basics are the same as judo the techniques involved in wrestling are better suited to my style. But it would certainly be fantastic to compete in front of my friends and family in Glasgow in 2014.”
Commonwealth Games Scotland 2 February 2009