The Commonwealth Games 2014

31 Jul

The Commonwealth Games 2014Glasgow 2014


So we are currently day 8 into the 20th Commonwealth Games, this year held in the lovely city of Glasgow, Scotland. Have you been watching it? My favourite is the swimming…. I am a very keen swimmer and as a 10 year was competing at county level. I get very excited watching the swimming and as I have recently rekindled my love for the pool, when I’m training I do picture myself there and I think it makes me go faster! What is your favourite sport that gets you yelling at the TV or radio?

I actually didn’t know the following about the blog and have enjoyed researching this to be able to give you some history too. I hope you learn something from the following:

The Commonwealth Games was first held in 1930 and with the exception of 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to the WWII, it has taken place every 4 years since then. The games are the 3rd largest multisport event in the world, after the Olympic and the Asian Games.

Between the years of 1930 and 1950 the games were called British Empire Games and then moved to British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954-1966 and British Commonwealth Games 1970-1974. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event that involves atletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.

A sporting competition to bring together the members of the British Empire was first suggested by John Astley Cooper in 1891, when he wrote an article in The Times suggesting a “Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire”

Commonwealth Games LogoAlthough there are 53 members of the Commonwealth of nations, 71 teams participate in the Games as a number of dependant countries compete under their own flag for example – United Kingdom – Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

Only 6 teams have competed in every Commonwealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. Australia are the overall highest achieving nation for the Commonwealth with reaching the top spot on 12 separate games, England for 6 games and Canada for 1.

Do you find the games inspiring to help you get out there and get active? I was talking to my swimming coach and she said that once again, the gym numbers have increased as they did over The Olympics. I think it’s great for motivation to be picked up because of watching Glasgow 2014 and hope that it keeps people active and fit.

Let’s hope that a generation has continued to be inspired by the 20th Commonwealth Games and we are all a little bit healthier, happier and active!

Come on Team England and the rest of the United Kingdom!