29 July 2020

What better excuse to come together across continents? We were marking 50 years since the Commonwealth Games came to Edinburgh; 50 years since Australian athletes competed against our Sporting Memories nations.

The Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland was joined by session facilitators and members from the SportsUnited Sporting Memories Clubs in Adelaide, including founder of SportsUnited and Lecturer in Health Sciences at the University of South Australia Dr Richard McGrath. In July 2019 Richard visited two longstanding UK Sporting Memories Clubs, Northallerton and Sandhurst, before setting out to establish a series of Clubs in South Australia. Members of our Sandhurst Club also joined us for the online event.

We were delighted to welcome another special guest – Team Scotland Digital Services and Communications Manager Gillian Cooke. Gillian also happens to be a Commonwealth athlete (she competed in pole vault in the 2002 Games in Manchester and long jump in the 2006 Games in - yes - Melbourne), and bobsleigh World Champion and Olympian.

Maurice Donahue, Chief Operating Officer of the Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland, says:

"With an opening line of 'G’day' and 'Hou’s It Gaun' and despite the 16,320km social distance, this virtual session provided a great platform to engage in sporting chat and make new friends.

"The event itself was a great way for the Sporting Memories family to reach out and connect with one another. Plenty of fun and laughter was had by all, so here’s to the next 'get together', but maybe this time I will need a passport!”

We thank everyone who took part and made this possible, and look forward to our next get together – wherever that may take us.