Commonwealth comes to ’Craig

NLL officials with Samoan weightlifters
NLL officials with Samoan weightlifters

Athletes from all over the world are currently competing in the Commonwealth Games and North Lanarkshire has been playing its part.

In addition to hosting the triathlon at Strathclyde Park (see centre pages) and the cycling time trials in Stepps, Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility is a designated training centre where athletes have been going through their paces.

Teams from Australia, India, Cyprus, Bangladesh, England, Singapore, Tonga, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the Cayman Islands are using the centre as a training base for sports including wrestling, judo, gymnastics and weightlifting.

Two gold medallists from the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi are amongst the Samoa weightlifting team – men’s champion Faavae Faauliuli and female winner Ele Opeloge.

Councillor Jim Logue, chairman of North Lanarkshire Leisure, said: “ We are delighted to welcome these world class competitors to North Lanarkshire and it is fantastic they are using our facilities. The athletes choosing this venue highlights the quality of facilities we have on offer.”

Jerry Wallwork, president of Samoa Wrestling Association said: “This is a beautiful country and we are really enjoying our time here. The training facilities are first class and allow us good preparation.”

Australian wrestling coach Alan Landy said: “Ravenscraig has a great layout for our training with plenty of wide open and bright spaces which is ideal for our training.

“We have also enjoyed using the soccer pitches after our sessions!”

Sri Lanka Minister of Sport official Shantha Weerasinghe said: “We have been made very welcome and the training areas are very good for our purposes.”