Fiji team train at Dumfries venue

Gavin and Ronnie with the Fiji team
Gavin and Ronnie with the Fiji team

This week, Dumfries and Galloway Council welcomed athletes from the Fiji Commonwealth Games team to a Pre-Games Training Camp in Dumfries.

Over 70 countries will be arriving in Scotland over the next week with most opting to go straight into the athlete’s village ahead of the competition which starts on 24 July following the opening ceremony.

Dumfries and Galloway is one of the few regions in Scotland which has been successful in attracting some athletes from a competing nation and was delighted to welcome the athletics team from Fiji into Dumfries.

Pre-games training camps are used to acclimatise athletes to the weather and environmental conditions of the country and allow them to prepare in a stress-free environment.

The Fiji athletics team that arrived includes athletes Banuve Tabakaucoro (100m & 200m), Leslie Copeland (Javelin), Eugene Vollmer (Triple Jump) and female sprinter Younis Bese (100m, 200m) and are supported by Javelin Coach, James Goulding and the Athletics Team Manager, Paul Yee.

They were welcomed to the David Keswick Athletic Centre in Dumfries by a mass of Fiji hand wavers and flags after arriving on Wednesday afternoon.

The team is pictured with council leader Ronnie Nicholson and chief executive Gavin Stevenson.