The man in charge of Team Scotland’s athletics team at Glasgow 2014 says there’s no time for selected athletes to put their feet up this winter
Stephen Maguire, the man who will take charge of Team Scotland’s track and field team at Glasgow 2014, has voiced how he won’t tolerate anyone putting their feet up this winter, with a large number of Scottish athletes already having secured their spots on the team.
On Wednesday Commonwealth Games Scotland (GGS) named 23 athletes among the first Team Scotland members selected for next year’s Games and Irishman Maguire, director of coaching with governing body Scottish Athletics, insists the hard work starts now.
“We have a number of athletes in track, field and marathon who have reached the required standards and that’s good for them and for the sport,” he commented. “But I want to make it clear while being named at this stage is a good acknowledgement of achievements over the past few months and performances from the 2013 season, I actually don’t see it as any huge cause for celebration.
“There is an advantage to be had in giving athletes and, very importantly, coaches a ‘heads-up’ that they will be on the team all being well in terms of fitness and competitive edge into 2014. There should be an advantage both physically in terms of getting down to hard work over the vital winter training period and also mentally with a view to getting minds on the job for Glasgow 2014,” added Maguire, who made nominations to CGS for the early team places.
“Time is short at the start of the 2014 season to the June 8 cut-off point for Team Scotland announcement, so it wasn’t advisable to keep more people hanging on. It wasn’t realistic to leave the bulk of the slots open,” he explained, with the Games taking place in the Scottish city from July 23 – August 3, where Scotland aims to select its largest team ever that will achieve at least 33 medals – its highest ever tally.
“This way, we are giving a number who have reached the standards asked of them an early word and a clear signal that they can focus all their efforts and attention on Glasgow next summer. And they can start that work right now. I don’t want anyone thinking they can put their feet up now they know they are in.”