Glasgow 2014

1.5 billion set to tune in to Glasgow 2014

Written by Adam Henderson.

BUENOS Aires, Argentina, has been announced as the host city for the 2018 Youth Olympics following an unsuccessful bid from Glasgow.

Three cities were shortlisted by the International Olympic Committee for the vote – held in Lausanne, Switzerland – in which Glasgow was knocked-out in the first round with 13 votes out of a total 85. In the final round Buenos Aires gained 10 more votes than Medellin, Colombia, to win the right to host the Games.

Each bidding committee gave a 15-minute presentation before the vote. And IOC President Jacques Rogge said:

“We had three excellent candidates from which to choose a host city today, each with the capability of staging a memorable Youth Olympic Games in 2018. I would like to congratulate Buenos Aires and their bid team for their dedication to and enthusiasm for the Youth Olympic Games project. I have no doubt they will provide a platform on which the best young athletes from around the world can compete and learn about the Olympic values.”

Glasgow is already gearing up to host the Commonwealth Games next year and would also host matches in the 2017 Women’s European Championship if the SFA formalises their interest in hosting the tournament by making a bid next year,

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David Grevemberg: Glasgow will do Scotland proud in 2014

Written by Adam Henderson.

WITH nearly 20 years of experience in Sports Management and an impressive athletic career David Grevemberg has all the credentials to run a major sporting event. However, his childhood in one of America's most diverse cities - New Orleans - also gave him an insight into working with people from all different types of backgrounds and helped shaped his career.

He said: "I grew up as one of the only white kids in my neighbourhood and I look back on that as something that was quite magical in terms of how I identified with myself and with my neighbours and from so many different ways it helped me learn a lot about the importance of looking at everyone equally.
"That was something I've taken to heart and no matter where I've been or where I've travelled in the world I've always taken that common approach.

"Growing up in that rich environment taught me a lot. The 1984 World Expo took place there and I remember going there when I must have been about 12 years old and being exposed to all these different cultures but in a New Orleans welcoming environment.
"That expanded my horizons and gave me a real strong interest in what was beyond the diversity of New Orleans looking at the diversity of the United States and the World. Its something that's always interested me just getting out there and exploring it and seeing what it was all about. But a lot of it derived from being in a very diverse environment from the beginning."

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Glasgow 2014: David Grevemberg excited about games

Written by Adam Henderson.

AS Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg is the man responsible for ensuring that next year's Commonwealth Games go to plan. He spoke to The Away End  about what the people of Glasgow have to look forward next year and also about the journey that has taken him from his hometown of New Orleans to where he is today.

He said: "I'm very excited for the Games. One of the things I say quite often is that it makes it very easy to get up in the morning because you're part of something that means so much to so many people and so it's a real motivation to make the most of this opportunity.
"We're almost a year out right now and it all becomes that much more real and we're moving at a much faster pace. It's just a critical time to lock everything down and make sure that we're ready to welcome the Commonwealth with open arms in a couple of months time.

"Tickets will go on sale in August and of course we've had a great response to the volunteer appeal we also have a cultural program including the Queen's baton relay and Festival 2014 on the occasion of our games. There is a lot of different opportunities both inside and outside the venues. But two-thirds of the tickets are £25 or less which I think is a really important point.
"There’s concession prices in all the session for under 16s as well as over 60s. If you have a disability and you need a carer with you or need assistance in bringing someone that comes in the price of your ticket. So it's really accessible and inclusive in terms of our ticketing policy but the aim is also to get as many people in the stadia so we also fill the stadia."

With just over a year until the Games it's too early for most athletes to confirm their participation as qualification has not yet started for many sports and injuries could stop them from taking part.
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Paula Must Try Harder: Bikeability

Written by Paula McGuire.

So far, my cycling progression – much like my cycling itself – has been slow, wobbly and completely aimless. I’ve pedalled, steered and braked in all the wrong order, injuring both my pride and my limbs along the way. Somehow though, one thing has characterised the entire journey since first I touched a bike last September – for the brief seconds when I manage to pull it all together and make the wheels roll in the right direction long enough to fool gravity, I really love riding a bike!

But, when the only adult-cycling teacher around leaves for pastures new – and outwith my range – where does a balance-free grown-up go to learn the basic bike-riding skills without resorting to tracking down one of the Goonies kids?

Luckily for me (and Sean Astin), the Bikeability Scotland scheme exists. Run by Cycling Scotland, the three-tiered programme teaches children (yes, I know I’m not quite their target pupil) to ride bikes safely and effectively in the modern-day environment. For those of us who understood the Goonies reference, it’s cycling proficiency but with a less learn-y name. And I wanted to try it.

When I nervously approached Cycling Scotland, wearing a hopeful smile and my ‘I Heart Bikes’ t-shirt, I really didn’t expect the wonderful reaction I received. Before I had polished my handlebars, I was welcomed into their office, presented with some colourful information booklets and invited to become one of the first adult Bikeability Scotland participants, with a place in the fantastic Pedal for Scotland event on offer if I thought I could manage a 47-mile cycle trek by September. I even caught a glimpse of the shiny badge I could earn on successful completion of the Bikeability training. I, of course, agreed and, since I’ve not quite mastered steering yet, there was no turning back.

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Glasgow 2014: James McCallum goes for gold

Written by Cheri Burns.

TEAM Scotland cyclist James McCallum has his sights set on coming out on top at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 33-year-old, who is hoping to qualify for what would be his fourth Games, hinted that he may bow out after the Glasgow spectacle, and is determined to do so on the back of what would be his “greatest success.”

Speaking at the launch of Lead 2014, a scheme that arms young people throughout the country with increased leadership skills and galvanises their interest in what is set to be the biggest showpiece of its kind, he said: “Fingers crossed I get there, that is what I am focused on first and foremost.  I am looking at possibly ending my career after the competition so I really do hope to go out with a bang by winning a gold medal.  Even clinching silver or a bronze would be fantastic.

“It has been a long time since something like this has happened here.  Obviously the Olympics were just last year and I think that has really captured the imagination of the public and called on them to carry on that momentum to Glasgow 2014.  It is going to be pretty special.

“If I do have the opportunity to complete in my home city, it truly will be the icing on the cake.  To come from Glasgow, I live just along the road from where the velodrome is, and have the road race being there is absolutely a dream come true.  I never thought this would happen in my time and I feel pretty privileged that I may get to live that dream.”

McCallum, whose disciplines are track and road, has tasted Commonwealth glory before by taking third spot in the Scratch race in 2006.  It was this achievement that launched him into the spotlight.

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Paula Must Try Harder: Weightlifting

Written by Paula McGuire.

Weightlifting isn’t the type of sport I imagined to be easy. I’ve never put down my book of an evening, kicked off my slippers and thought, I know, I’ll take up Olympic weightlifting for the night. It looks tough and physically punishing – even the professionals sometimes seem like they’d rather be standing barefoot on a plug than straining beneath the burden of those massive hunks of metal.

I didn’t, however, imagine weightlifting to be so, well, finicky.

On my first visit to Kilmarnock Amateur Weightlifting Club on Saturday, I watched in awe as what were truly athletes – men and women alike – pushed weights up and over their bodies as though gravity deferred to their superior physiques. From the safety of a corner of the well-equipped gym, I winced and flinched, jumping each time the juddering weights reconnected with the floor, hoping with all my puny might that the ceiling of the hall below was made of sterner stuff than my nerves.

Yes, I was my usual edgy, awkward mess of a bystander – and would have been a lot worse had the club’s members and coach, Charlie Hamilton, not been so receptive and welcoming, even though I was clearly lumbering through what should have been their private training space. Throughout a workout that would have made Bruce Banner wince, they found the energy to chat to and encourage this self-confessed weakling in their midst.

And then it was my turn. Three of the club’s high-achieving female weightlifters took the time – and considerable patience – required to show me the basics. But ‘basics’ makes it sound easy, and it’s not, even with an empty bar and expert coach on hand. The basics are technical and detailed, and difficult for me to remember all at once. If my hands were in the right position, my knees were too close together; when I checked my footing, my balance would falter. Bringing it all together at the same time was beyond me, and that was without the added stress of weights bearing on my mind and my joints.

But I tried and (hopefully) improved and, pleased with what I had learned, left the world of weightlifting after two hours with a small sense of achievement and some practice exercises to try using household objects before next week’s lesson.

It seems that in weightlifting, as in life, everything has its place – and mine, for the moment, is beneath a wobbling broom shaft in the comfort of my living room.
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Why Paula must try harder

Written by Paula McGuire.

This is me: Paula.

Unfit and slow-paced by choice; clumsy buffoon by design. I’ve just never found a sport that fits with my own personal skill-base – tumbling, tripping and tea-making.

But then, some things change, right?

If you’re not much of an athlete and have always wondered how you would fare in the competitive world of sport, say hello to your canary down the mine. Over the next twenty-four months I intend to run, jump and fall (a lot) as I try desperately to pick up skills that I probably should have learned a long time ago.

So, stick around and follow this bumbling idiot – but not too closely or you might fall over the disaster I leave in my wake – as I attempt to sample each of the seventeen Commonwealth sports before the Games reach my Glaswegian doorstep in 2014.
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