Inspirational sporting stars share Commonwealth Games memories

20 November 2014

GCU celebrated the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

GCU celebrated the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Inspirational athletes will join community groups, staff and students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) for a Commonwealth Games Memories Day today (Friday, November 21).

Colin Gregor skippered the Scots’ Rugby World Cup 7’s squad for the first time when it competed in the IRB World Series tournaments in Wellington (New Zealand) in February 2009. He won his first cap in the multi-sport Commonwealth Games event in Melbourne in 2006 and then was named in the Glasgow 2014 outfit.

Sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks won Scotland's first gold medals of the Commonwealth Games with thrilling judo victories before a raucous home crowd. Louise shared her experiences at the event, as did Scotland hockey star Nicola Skrastin and track cyclist Charline Joiner.

Glasgow girl Louise Mather took up weightlifting just a year and a half before competing at the Commonwealth Games.

These proud achievers came along to the inter-generational afternoon at GCU, hosted in conjunction with the Sporting Memories Network, to bring together individuals to celebrate memories of the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and from Games of years past.

The Sporting Memories Network was established to develop and promote the use of sporting memories to improve the well-being of older people. It works with a number of different groups to help tackle dementia, depression and social isolation.

Among those who made the 2014 Commonwealth Games such a great success were the thousands of volunteers. Some of these ‘Clydesiders’, including GCU’s 2014 ambassadors, shared their experiences and most memorable moments.

Individuals who were involved in a number of other capacities including athletes, spectators, media professionals and sport administrators were also be represented.

Attendees shared their favourite memories with GCU students who acted as memory makers on the day.

Dr John Harris, Reader in International Sport & Event Management at GCU, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Sporting Memories Network to capture these stories and show the role that sport can play in making people’s lives better. There are a number of individuals, including many staff and students here at GCU, who are passionate about sport and it is a real pleasure to be able to bring these people together for such an event.”

Support for this event was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.