A big thank you to the synchro swimmers who were able to come along to the media launch of the legacy fund. A great turnout considering the extremely short notice.
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Swimmer David Wilkie, who was an Olympic and Commonwealth champion in the 1970s, attended the launch of the fund at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, which was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games and will host the 2014 diving competition.
He said: “Having taken part in the Commonwealth Games in 1970 on home turf, I can honestly say the impact of such a huge event happening in Scotland cannot be underestimated. This is a really exciting time for sport and I personally believe the Games coming to Glasgow in 2014 will have wide reaching benefits for the country as a whole.
We’ve seen how London 2012 successfully inspired an increased interest in sport, and we need to harness the same energy in Scotland to ensure future generations are inspired and have access to sporting facilities to help them meet their potential.”
Sport Minister Shona Robison added: “The Commonwealth Games will be the biggest multi-sports event Scotland has ever hosted and provides a unique opportunity to create a positive and lasting legacy for Scotland.
The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund will help communities across Scotland improve their facilities and will appeal to Scots young and old to get more active. I want as many people as possible to benefit and to be inspired by the Commonwealth Games to adopt healthier, more active lives.”