David Stewart MSP

Lasting legacy of Commonwealth Games on Highlands and Islands

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, says Glasgow’s success in securing the Commonwealth Games in 2014 will stretch into the Highlands and Islands.The Labour MSP is writing to congratulate Secretary of State for Scotland Des Browne, First Minister Alex Salmond and Glasgow City Council Leader Steven Purcell on the achievement.

“I am delighted about this result for Glasgow and I’m sure this success must have a ripple effect for the rest of Scotland.

“There may well be scope for hosting a number of direct events but more importantly the Highlands can grasp the range of opportunities which will be made available.

“There really is an opportunity to gear up our efforts in supporting training and local athletes in the area. We have some excellent facilities, including Caledonian Stadium, Victoria Park in Dingwall, Borough Briggs in Elgin and the athletics facilities at Bught Park are amongst the best in Scotland.

“These games are being described as athlete centred and the youngsters coming through the ranks in our Highlands and Islands clubs today – particularly in athletics, bowling and swimming – may well compete in these games.

The motivation the event will have on interest in sport will impact across Scotland and I’ll be writing to the First Minister calling for enhanced funding to provide the infrastructure necessary which will benefit training, direct events and have a long term legacy for sport development in the Highlands and Islands over the next two decades,” said Mr Stewart.

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Written by davidstewart

November 13, 2007 at 7:12 am

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