Glasgow MSP Anne McTaggart has welcomed the announcement that the Olympic medal parade to celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s Olympians and Paralympians at the London 2012 Games is to be held in Glasgow.
Glasgow was one of the official venues outside of London for the 2012 Olympic Games earlier this month. Glasgow will play host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and has recently submitted a bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Ms McTaggart extended her congratulates to Glasgow City Council on what she considers to have been its effective lobbying of the Scottish Government in order to hold the parade:
Ms McTaggart said:
“I am delighted that Glasgow has been chosen to host the Olympic medal parade. Glasgow City Council did an excellent job in lobbying the Scottish Government to ensure this national event will take place where it should.
“With the Commonwealth Games taking place here in 2014, and with our recent bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, it seems only natural that Glasgow hosts this superb event.
“I hope that the achievements of Scotland’s Olympians and Paralympians will serve as inspiration for young people across the country to become more involved in sport.”
Leader of Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson is delighted with the decision and believes it will encourage more Glaswegian atheletes ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Cllr Matheson said;
“Glasgow is the obvious place to host Scotland’s celebrations for Team GB. The outstanding success of Sir Chris Hoy and other members of Team GB have helped generate a huge amount of enthusiasm and support from the public and I’m sure that many, many people will want to take part in this parade.
“Glasgow City Council is determined to encourage and foster sporting excellence. The Glasgow School of Sport has delivered its first Olympian, but I’m sure it won’t be its last.
“In 2014, I am confident we’ll see Glaswegians celebrating on the podium in front of a home crowd. There can be no better sporting legacy than that.”
To read Anne’s parliamentary motion in full, click here.