The opening and closing ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have been named as the most inspirational moments of the Games by people from Angus.
In terms of top sporting moments from the Games, 28 per cent of people from Angus names Erraid Davies winning bronze in para-swimming’s 100m breaststroke as the most inspirational, followed closely by Ross Murdoch winning gold in swimming’s 200m breaststroke, Lynsey Sharp winning silver in the athletics 800m and Euan Burton winning gold in judo.
These outstanding sporting achievements have inspired Scots to get more active and create a personal legacy, with 84 per cent of people surveyed participating in sport since the Games, with people in Angus naming cycling, going to the gym and lawn bowls as their most popular choices.
The research also highlights that 94 per cent of respondents will take small steps towards a more active lifestyle in 2015, with 56 per cent of people from Angus committing to going for regular walks and taking the stairs instead of lifts and escalators.
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.”
He added: “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.”