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PRESS RELEASE

24 August 2012
Embargo: For Immediate Release

GOLD MEDALLIST WELCOMED TO GLASGOW

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, and Katherine Grainger MBE, Olympic gold medallist and Britain’s most successful female Olympic rower, last night (Thursday 23 August) addressed an SCDI event in partnership with Siemens for senior business and civic leaders at Glasgow City Chambers. The event reflected on the tremendous success of the London Olympics and how the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games could build on the momentum from London to deliver a lasting economic legacy for Glasgow and for Scotland.
 
As the curtain falls on the 2012 Games and attention moves to London’s legacy plans, the Glasgow Games are already transforming parts of Glasgow’s East End, delivering on its ambitions for a spectacular games with a lasting legacy. As Candidate City for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Glasgow’s leadership role in international sporting events continues.

Katherine Grainger spoke about her recent Olympic success and shared the insights, hard work and dedication required to achieve success as a gold medal winner.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council said:
"The outstanding achievements of Katherine Grainger and other members of Team GB helped make the Olympics a huge success. The baton is now being passed from London 2012 as Glasgow prepares to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and bids for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

"Our work to deliver the 2014 venues is on time and on budget, and we're already delivering a legacy for the people and businesses of the city. Glasgow-based companies have already won more than £180m worth of Games-related contracts through the Glasgow Business Portal and some 2000 school leavers have found apprenticeship places through our unique Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative.
 
"Excitement is mounting and I can't wait to see some of the Commonwealth's elite athletes competing in our city in 2014."

Dr Lesley Sawers, Chief Executive of SCDI commented:
“Katherine Grainger has shown us what can be achieved through dedication, hard work and ambition. These are lessons we can learn for businesses to ensure we all work together in partnership to deliver an outstanding Games for Scotland that will benefit our economy.”

Nigel Kirby, City Account Director - Glasgow for Siemens said:
"Siemens strongly believes in the impact of sport on the economy and are proud to work in partnership with Glasgow City Council and SCDI to deliver this event. Siemens has sponsored the GB Rowing Team since July 2006 when the World Championships were held at Eton Dorney. Over the last six years, we have seen tremendous success for the whole team, not least the magnificent efforts of Katherine and Anna in the women's double sculls.

"Glasgow's vision and ambition for economic regeneration resulting from the 2014 Commonwealth Games is a powerful statement on the transformative impact of major global events. As the Siemens Account Manager for Glasgow, I look forward to working with the City in delivering its plans for 2014, 2018 and beyond."

This event forms part of SCDI’s regular annual events programme, aiming to engage business, political and civic leaders in the policies and priorities needed to create sustainable economic prosperity for Scotland.


Note to editors

SCDI is Scotland's leading independent economic development organisation
representing 1,200 companies, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, trade unions and
faith groups.

For further information, please contact James Alexander, SCDI Policy and
Communications Manager on 0141 222 9728 or 07762 023 985.

 


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