Sport Lecturer appointed Sport Team Manager for Commonwealth Games

With just under 2 years to go until the 2022 Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) have announced the appointment of the Sport Team Managers.

Stephen Gertsen, Sport and Fitness Lecturer at Moray College UHI has been appointed as Table Tennis Sport Team Manager for Scotland. Stephen will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team as this will be his second time as Team Manager after coaching the team for 2018 Commonwealth Games held in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Elinor Middlemiss, Team Scotland Chef de Mission for Birmingham 2022 said: “The sport team managers play a vital role creating the best possible environment for athletes and staff from each sport to excel at the Games, as well as bringing them all together as one Team Scotland.

“I’m delighted to welcome such an exciting and diverse group of returning staff, former athletes and those new to Team Scotland. I look forward to working with them all. Having the majority of team managers confirmed so early gives us the opportunity to develop a strong team ethos together and enable our athletes to perform to their best in 2022.”

In a first for Team Scotland, all selected Team Managers will take part in a two year, personalised training and development programme which combines modules, webinars, e-learning resources, and peer learning. The programme, developed by Team Scotland in partnership with First Ascent and sportscotland, will cultivate knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours so each manager is highly confident, ready to deliver in their role and able to support athletes to perform to their potential in Birmingham.

Stephen said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as one of the Team Managers for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games! I am really looking forward to the individualised development programme, working with the Team Scotland staff, athletes and coaches over the next 2 years. I hope to gain valuable experiences and learning that I will be able to share with our students at Moray College UHI”.

Read Team Scotland full press release here.