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100 days to go

Shona Robison, Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister

April 14 marks an incredible 100 days to go until the start of the biggest, and most exciting, sporting and cultural event in our country’s history.

In little over three months, Scotland will welcome the world, playing host to thousands of athletes from around the Commonwealth for what promises to be an exhilarating event.

HampdenI am proud and thrilled to say that we are bang on track to deliver the Games on time and on budget – and already we are starting to see real, tangible, and lasting physical, social and economic benefits to the people of Scotland.

Excitement is building as today, not only do we mark 100 days to go, we are also revealing the design elements of the Games’ medal ceremonies. I am delighted to be meeting the creative geniuses behind the designs at this evening’s unveiling ceremony at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Each of our designers hail from, or live in, Glasgow, giving the XX Commonwealth Games a real touch of Scottish style and flair.

Kerry Nixon is used to styling A-listers on the red carpet and I am over the moon that she is the creative force behind the designs which will be worn by Medal Bearers during the Games’ Medal Ceremonies. Jonathan Boyd, who is an award-winning silversmith, has designed the prestigious medals that will be handed out to winning athletes, and Glasgow furniture designer Paul Hodgkiss has created the wooden medal trays and gifts that will be given out to successful athletes.

Glasgow 2014 medalsThis is a great opportunity to showcase our home-grown talent, and is an indication of what else can come out of the 2014 Games.

We are heading towards a truly momentous year for Scotland: hosting the XX Commonwealth Games opens our gateway to the world, and seven short weeks after the curtain falls on the closing ceremony, we will once again welcome some of the world’s biggest sporting stars as Gleneagles plays host to the Ryder Cup. With 2014 being the official year of Homecoming for Scotland, I foresee some wonderful times ahead, and I look forward to sharing our success – both on and off the sporting field – with you all.