Months of training and hard work will come together on Wednesday 2nd July for our sailors as they make the 33km/17 nautical mile journey up the River Clyde from Greenock’s James Watt Dock to Glasgow’s Millennium Bridge and Science Centre finale. This event is part of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations and, for the competitors, their time to be part of the Glasgow 2014 games.
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said “Race 2 the Games is a powerful example of how sport can inspire communities and individuals with additional support needs to get active and give them an incredible experience of independence. All the participants should be very proud of their achievements. As a Supported Legacy 2014 project, Race 2 the games is creating a lasting legacy from the Commonwealth Games and making the most of Scotland’s first Centre of Excellence for disability sailing at the Castle Semple Centre, Lochwinnoch.”
“Race 2 the Games is one of almost 900 Homecoming Scotland events taking place across the year and is another example of how Homecoming is not only about Scottish people welcoming others from around the world to celebrate their home country, but is also about Scots themselves, opening doors to the rich culture, activities and opportunities all around them.”
The sailors, all children and adults from local special schools and organisations, have been training at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park’s Castle Semple Centre, since the beginning of the year. They have achieved numerous Sailability Awards, delighted and amazed local visitors and their teachers with their skill developments and have taken part in an invitational access class sailing regatta. Future legacy activities are also planned.
Angie Malone, Winter Paralympic bronze medallist in curling at Sochi 2014, will present the race day medals to all the competitors as they come off the water.
Gerry Hughes, the first deaf yachtsman to solo circumnavigate the world via the Five Great Capes, will be giving an inspiring presentation to invited guests and will also take part in prize giving. Gerry Hughes said: “It is great to be involved in such an inspiring event. This event sums up the spirit of the Commonwealth Games and shows the world that everyone has the potential to achieve. I am looking forward to meeting everyone who has been working so hard to make this event such a success.”
The schools and organisations taking part are from all over south west Scotland and beyond. The full list is as follows: Hazelwood Special School, Glasgow; James Reid Special School, Saltcoats, North Ayrshire; Hillside Special School, Cumnock, East Ayrshire; Craigmarloch Special School, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde; Willowbank Special School, Kilmarnock East Ayrshire; Kilpatrick Special School, Clydebank, West Dumbarton; Disability Resource Centre, Paisley, Renfrewshire; Kersland Special School, Paisley, Renfrewshire; Bournemouth & District Multiple Sclerosis Society, Dorset; Clippens Special School, Linwood, Renfrewshire; Capability Scotland, Johnstone, Renfrewshire; Park School, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Mac TV, Stornaway, Isle of Lewis.
David Gatherer, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Manager said “We are all looking forward to this our first passage race on the Clyde for Hansa 303 dinghies, in celebration of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games. All the participants have been training hard with huge support from parents, helpers and teachers. We wish all the competitors the very best of luck”
David went on to say “Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park has for a long time nurtured the belief that the outdoors and its associated activities should be genuinely accessible for all and today’s race and the legacy it will create in the form of annual regattas and continued training will go a long way towards this goal. Thank you to everyone involved – staff, sponsors, funders, celebrities and the media who have all helped us along the way – it certainly has been partnership working at its best, long may it continue.” ENDS
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Wed 2 July 2014 the River Clyde, Glasgow
09.00 hrs Sailors assemble at James Watt Dock, The Sugar Warehouse, East Hamilton Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire PA15 2UT
10.00 hrs Race 2 the games Leg 1 Starts, by Inverclyde Provost, Robert Moran, MSP Stuart McMillan will pipe them over the start line, nr the Holiday Inn Express,
13.15 hrs Approx finish time Leg 1 at intu Braehead King’s Inch Rd, Glasgow G51 4BN
Lots of picture opportunities on the riverside walkway from Renfrew.
13.20 hrs All Competitors Photo
13.30 hrs Leg 1 only Competitors presented with medal by Renfrewshire Provost
14.30 hrs Competitors assemble at the Braehead pontoon ready for Leg 2
15.00 hrs Race 2 the games Leg 2 Starts, by Renfrewshire Provost, Anne Hall
15.30 hrs Glasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA
Riverside entertainment and Taste of Scotland catering
16.25 hrs Approx finish time for Leg 2 at Millennium Bridge – Bailie Nina Barker welcomes competitors ashore, Angie Malone will give a medal to every competitor.
17.00 hrs Prize Giving with Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison; Gael Logan, Commonwealth Legacy Manager, Gerry Hughes – the first deaf person to sail around the world single handed and others!
Look for updates from the River during the day on race2thegames facebook or twitter, #R2tg.