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Top inspirational Commonwealth Games moments revealed to mark six months on

Glasgow 2014
New research reveals that the vibrant opening and closing ceremonies were named as the most inspirational moments of the Games.

Six months on from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, new research reveals that the vibrant opening and closing ceremonies were named as the most inspirational moments of the Games (58%), followed closely by the friendly atmosphere in the host city Glasgow (51%) and Scotland welcoming the world during the Games (49%).

The research also ranks the dedicated clyde-sider volunteers (32%) and the live events at sites around the City including Glasgow Green (24%), in the top five key inspirational moments to leave a lasting legacy.

In terms of top sporting moments from the Games, nearly a quarter (24%) of Scots named Ross Murdoch’s 200m breaststroke gold medal win as their most inspiring moment, followed closely by Charlie Flynn’s gold medal in boxing’s lightweight division (22%) and Lynsey Sharp’s spectacular silver medal win in the 800m (20%).

These outstanding sporting achievements have inspired Scots to get more active and create a personal legacy, with 84% of people surveyed participating in sport since the Games with swimming (34%), cycling (32%) and football (32%) being named as the most popular choices.

The research also highlights that 94% of respondents will take steps towards a more active lifestyle in 2015, with over half of people (57%) committing to regular walks, 40% of people aiming to walk to school or work more often and 38% of people using the stairs instead of the lift in a bid to get more active.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health said: “Today marks the six month milestone since the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and I’m delighted that Scots are still inspired by the Games, which were a fantastic collaboration of sporting and cultural achievements.  Many people have already made new year’s resolutions to be more physically active in 2015 and I will be working hard to increase sports participation and make sure that we get maximum benefit from the legacy of the Games.”

A third of respondents bought tickets for the sporting events and ceremonies or watched them on television, with a quarter visiting Glasgow or attending cultural events during the Games.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “This survey is further proof of the positive legacy impact of Scotland hosting the Commonwealth Games. At sportscotland we used the Glasgow Games to accelerate our plans for a world-class sporting system at every level. Supported by investment from the Scottish Government and National Lottery, we now have a very sophisticated sporting pathway connecting school, club, and performance sport.

“The high performance system is the best it has ever been with the sports, athletes, and coaches working closely with the experts from the sportscotland institute of sport and it produced a record-breaking 53 medals for Team Scotland at Glasgow – an incredible performance on the global stage.

“Community sport has been given a tremendous boost with 134 Community Sport Hubs operating right across all of Scotland’s local authorities and from our £10 million investment into community clubs and Regional Development Officers, and there are now far more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take part in sport and physical activity.”