Scotland at the Commonwealth Games

Scotland at the
Commonwealth Games
CGF code SCO
CGA Commonwealth Games Scotland
Ranked 7th
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)
British Empire Games
  • 1930
  • 1934
  • 1938
  • 1950
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
British Commonwealth Games
  • 1970
  • 1974
Commonwealth Games

Scotland is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since the first Empire Games in 1930. The others are Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and Wales.

The Commonwealth Games is the only major multi-sport event in which Scottish athletes and teams compete as Scotland; otherwise Scotland participates in multi-sport events as part of a Great Britain team.

Scotland has hosted the Commonwealth Games three times, Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986, and Glasgow in 2014.[1] The inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh in 2000.

Scotland sent a team of 207 athletes and 85 officials to the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, and won 30 medals (6 Gold, 8 Silver and 16 Bronze).

After the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Scotland was seventh in the all-time tally of medals, with an overall total of 451 medals (119 Gold, 132 Silver and 200 Bronze).

Scotland's most successful Commonwealth medallist by total medals is shooter Alister Allan, with 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals from 1974 to 1994. In 2018, Lawn Bowler Alex Marshall became the most successful athlete by Golds, winning his fifth Gold Medal which gave him 6 overall, having also won a Silver at the Gold Coast Games.[2] Other successful medallists include athlete Allan Wells (a total of 4 Gold, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze in two Games – 1978 & 1982) and Peter Heatly (diving Gold's in three successive Games & 1 Silver & 1 Bronze – 1950, 1954 & 1958). Lawn bowler Willie Wood is the first competitor to have competed in seven Commonwealth Games, from 1974 to 2002, missing 1986 because of a dispute over amateurism.

Medal tally

  Host country (Scotland)[3]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1930 Hamilton235106
1934 London5416255
1938 Sydney02358
1950 Auckland532106
1954 Vancouver625136
1958 Cardiff553134
1962 Perth473146
1966 Kingston144913
1970 Edinburgh6811254
1974 Christchurch3511197
1978 Edmonton365147
1982 Brisbane8612264
1986 Edinburgh31218336
1990 Auckland5710229
1994 Victoria6311207
1998 Kuala Lumpur3271211
2002 Manchester68163010
2006 Melbourne11711296
2010 Delhi91072610
2014 Glasgow191519534
2018 Gold Coast91322448

Commonwealth Games council and member governing bodies

The Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland (CGCS) is the national sporting organisation responsible for entering a Scottish team in the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. It is also responsible for organising bids for hosting the Commonwealth Games. The CGCS headquarters is at the Gannochy Sports Centre, on the campus of the University of Stirling.

Membership of the CGCS consists of representatives of the governing bodies of the 26 sports in the Commonwealth Games programme from which the host city selects up to 17 sports for each Commonwealth Games:

Flag and victory anthem

Scotland uses the St Andrew's Cross as its flag at the Commonwealth Games. This flag is common for all sporting teams that represent Scotland as an entity distinct from the United Kingdom.

From 2010 onwards, Scotland will use "Flower of Scotland" as the victory anthem. This replaces "Scotland the Brave" which was used at previous between 1958 and 2006. Prior to 1958, "Scots Wha Hae" was used.[4] The new anthem was chosen in January 2010 by athletes that had been selected to participate in the 2010 games. The shortlist of anthems also included "Scotland the Brave", "Loch Lomond" and "Highland Cathedral".

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  2. "Scotland's most successful Commonwealth athlete ever". Capital FM. Global Media & Entertainment Ltd. 13 April 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. "Malaysia Commonwealth Games History". Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  4. "Games team picks new Scots anthem". BBC News. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
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