Scotland at the
Commonwealth Games
CGACommonwealth Games Scotland
Ranked 7th
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)

Scotland is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since the first Empire Games in 1930. The others are Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and Wales. The Commonwealth Games is the only major multi-sport event in which Scottish athletes and teams compete as Scotland; otherwise Scotland participates in multi-sport events as part of a Great Britain team.

Scotland has hosted the Commonwealth Games three times, Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986, and Glasgow in 2014.[1] The inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh in 2000.

Scotland sent a team of 259 athletes and 166 officials to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, and won 51 medals (13 Gold, 11 Silver and 27 Bronze). After the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Scotland was seventh in the all-time tally of medals, with an overall total of 451 medals (119 Gold, 132 Silver and 200 Bronze). Scotland's most successful Commonwealth medallist by total medals is swimmer Duncan Scott, with 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 8 Bronze medals from 2014 to 2022. In 2018, Lawn Bowler Alex Marshall became the most successful athlete by Golds, winning his fifth Gold Medal which gave him 6 overall, having also won a Silver at the Gold Coast Games. This was also followed by a bronze in Birmingham 2022.[2]

Other successful medallists include athlete Allan Wells (a total of 4 Gold, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze in two Games – 1978 & 1982) and Peter Heatly (diving Gold's in three successive Games & 1 Silver & 1 Bronze – 1950, 1954 & 1958). Lawn bowler Willie Wood is the first competitor to have competed in seven Commonwealth Games, from 1974 to 2002, missing 1986 because of a dispute over amateurism.

Scotland won its 500th overall medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England after runner Eilish McColgan won silver in the Women's 5,000m. These games were also the best performing for Scotland outwith Glasgow 2014.

Medal tally

See also: All-time medal tally of Commonwealth Games

  Host country (Scotland)[3]

1930 Hamilton23510
1934 London541625
1938 Sydney0235
1950 Auckland53210
1954 Vancouver62513
1958 Cardiff55313
1962 Perth47314
1966 Kingston1449
1970 Edinburgh*681125
1974 Christchurch351119
1978 Edmonton36514
1982 Brisbane861226
1986 Edinburgh*3121833
1990 Auckland571022
1994 Victoria631120
1998 Kuala Lumpur32712
2002 Manchester681630
2006 Melbourne1171129
2010 Delhi910726
2014 Glasgow*19151953
2018 Gold Coast9132244
2022 Birmingham13112751
Totals (22 entries)132143228503

Commonwealth Games council and member governing bodies

The Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland (CGCS) is the national sporting organisation responsible for entering a Scottish team in the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. It is also responsible for organising bids for hosting the Commonwealth Games. The CGCS headquarters is at Airthrey Castle, on the campus of the University of Stirling.

Membership of the CGCS consists of representatives of the governing bodies predominantly of sports in the Commonwealth Games programme although membership is open to wider organisations such as Scottish Disability Sport sharing CGS values:

Flag and victory anthem

Logo of Team Scotland

Scotland uses the St Andrew's Cross as its flag at the Commonwealth Games. This flag is common for all sporting teams that represent Scotland as an entity distinct from the United Kingdom.

From 2010 onwards, Scotland has used "Flower of Scotland" as the victory anthem. This replaces "Scotland the Brave" which was used at previous between 1958 and 2006. Prior to 1958, "Scots Wha Hae" was used.[4] The new anthem was chosen in January 2010 by athletes that had been selected to participate in the 2010 games. The shortlist of anthems also included "Scotland the Brave", "Loch Lomond" and "Highland Cathedral".

See also


  1. ^ "Scotland". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Bowler Alex 'Tattie' Marshall becomes Scotland's most successful Commonwealth Games athlete". The Sunday Post. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Scotland Medals". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Games team picks new Scots anthem". BBC News. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2020.