Scotland seek best ever Commonwealth Games tally

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Interview - Sportscotland high performance director Mike Whittingham

The national agency for sport wants up to half of Scotland's funded athletes to make the podium at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"What we're hoping for is a best ever in a number of ways," sportscotland high performance director Mike Whittingham told BBC Scotland.

"Best ever result, which is more than 33 medals, and best ever prepared team.

"Of the 90/100 athletes that we are supporting we hope to have a hit rate of between 30% and 50%."

The second of three rounds of personal funding from sportscotland involves £396,917 allocated to 15 sports.

"It's performance sport and it doesn't come cheap, it's probably costing in the region of £1m," added Whittingham.

"Some of our athletes are already on UK-funded world-class programmes and require a 'top-up', while others are in the early stages of their high performance career and need that additional support to help them train and compete at the right level as they approach 2014.

"Scotland is increasingly becoming a great place to be a high performance athlete as we have growing investment coupled with new world-class facilities and equipment.

"The ability to increase training and contact time with coaches will help enormously as Team Scotland and its athletes aim to deliver success."

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