June 20 - Vicky Strange, one of the key figures behind Scotland's medal success at last year's 2010 Commonwealth Games, has been appointed as the head of sport competition at Glasgow 2014, it has been announced.
Her primary focus will be the establishment of a sport competition functional area, which will become the largest and most visible element of the sport department across all 17 Games sports.
This will include leading on all sport-specific technical and operational planning, the development of technical officials for each sport and the recruitment and management of each sport-specific competition management team.
"Vicky's previous roles and experiences have enabled her to develop strong relationships with a variety of sporting stakeholders, particularly with each of our Scottish Sports Governing Bodies, as well as gaining valuable exposure to different international competitions," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive John Scott.
"Vicky's mix of qualifications, skills, experiences and adventures all ensure that she will be a great asset to the Glasgow 2014 team."
As well as playing a pivotal role in Team Scotland's second most successful Games performance as general team manager in Delhi, where they won a total of 26 medals, including nine gold, to finish tenth overall, Strange has also been involved in varying capacities at both the Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
In addition to her Commonwealth Games experience, she has undertaken a variety of high performance and sport development roles in Scotland and is extensively travelled, including a cycle tour from New Zealand back to Scotland.
On starting her new role, Strange said: "I have had the great privilege of working at three previous Commonwealth Games, but to be involved in a Games in your own country is something extra special.
"The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games provide a fantastic opportunity for Scottish sport and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to play an integral part in staging a successful event for Scotland.
"Glasgow 2014 is to pride itself on being an outstanding athlete-centred and sport-focused Games of world-class competition so I am very much looking forward to ensuring we deliver this core value to our competing athletes."
In addition to her new role at Glasgow 2014, Strange will also continue to lead Scotland's team at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man in September as general team manager.
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