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What is talent?

Understanding Talent

In any discussion about sporting events, the word talent comes up, but what does it really mean? Often the concept of talent is not particularly well understood, particularly when evidence doesn’t seem to support it being a natural process.

The Talent Team at the sportscotland institute of sport have developed a film (screenshot pictured) which hopes to help people to understand the concept of ‘sporting talent’. It is aimed primarily at young athletes (11 – 17) but is also very relevant to those who influence them –from their coaches and teachers to parents, peers, neighbours and role models. The film is available at http://youtu.be/LfUvchfrcS0.

The hope is that young athletes can gain a new perspective on what ‘talent’ really means and ultimately encourage them to work hard at their sports. The message is simple – hard work and determination can lead to sporting success.

If you would like to find out more about talent and the work of the Talent Team at sportscotland, visit www.sisport.com/talent. Along with the film, the site contains a range of materials on talent, which could make for interesting discussions in classes or sports clubs.

All Go for Glasgow 2014!

Clyde on Tour

It’s a busy few days for Glasgow 2014, with lots of exciting developments! This evening the Queen’s Baton for the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will be revealed live on the BBC’s One Show from 7pm, then on Monday, to coincide with tickets going on sale, Clyde, the Official Games Mascot, is set to embark on a whistle-stop tour of schools across Scotland.

From Monday, Clyde will be visiting primary schools from Edinburgh to Elgin and Argyll to Aberdeenshire, inspiring young people the length and breadth of the country about the Games alongside two of Scotland’s top Commonwealth athletes.

Double Gold medal-winning swimmer David Carry and the first Scottish badminton player to win a match in an Olympic Games, Susan Egelstaff, will accompany Clyde, engaging with young children and giving them an insight into the world-class event coming to Glasgow next summer.

During each visit, schoolchildren will be introduced to the 17 sports of the Commonwealth Games by Clyde, as well as being given a personal insight from both David and Susan into what it takes to become a sporting champion and what it means to compete for Scotland at a Commonwealth Games.

At 4pm on Monday 19th, Glasgow 2014 will also be hosting a live Twitter interview with top Scottish swimmer Michael Jamieson. To get involved, tweet in using #AskMichael.

You can find out everything you need to know about the Queen’s Baton Relay at www.glasgow2014.com/baton-relay.