Commonwealth Games role for Gina

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OLYmPIC fever may be mounting across the UK, but one Cupar woman’s thoughts are already sprinting ahead to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Well-know Fife swimming teacher Gina Logan has been appointed depute general team manager for the Glasgow Games, a huge job that will require her to work with all Team Scotland athletes, officials and the media.

Gina held the same position when the games were held in Delhi, India, in 2010 and faced the unexpected challenge of having to get all of the accommodation ready for the teams arriving.

Hopefully, though this time things will be easier given that they are taking place on home turf.

Gina’s role means she is responsible for co-ordinating the Scottish athletes’ village and all Commonwealth Games Association assistants.

PREPARATION

Before the games start on July 23, 2014, she will develop the set-up of the village in the East End of the city, allocate rooms, and participate in the preparation programme.

During the games, one of the biggest tasks in her voluntary role will be to co-ordinate the daily turnover of people and ensure that there is the correct provision of equipment and facilities as well as ensuring 24 hour cover so that athletes and their entourage have everything they need.

Gina told the Herald: “I am really thrilled to have been given this position.

“It will offer different challenges from Delhi but I think it will be another great experience.

“We started this week with two days in Glasgow visiting all the competition venues and seeing what stage the accommodation is at.

OPPORTUNITIES

“My role - the same as in Delhi - is to be in charge of the athletes village for Team Scotland.

“As part of the general team management I will also be involved in preparing and delivering the best possible opportunities for the athletes selected to represent Scotland in Glasgow.

“The general management team is much the same as in Delhi so we must have done something right!”

Gina explained that while most events take place at venues in Glasgow - including the amazing new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Tollcross International Swimming Centre - diving will take place at the Royal Commonwealth pool in Edinburgh and shooting at Barry Buddon near Carnoustie.