David Bailey is used to moving people, only he’s used to doing it forcibly.
The taekwondo champion-turned instructor is currently busy moving people around east Central Scotland, fixing hotels and transport for 600 competitors and the supporting teams for the 21 countries represented at this weekend’s Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in Meadowbank.
“It’s all logistical and last-minute stuff now,” explained Master Bailey, head of Central TKD Academy in Carronshore, on a five-minute break from his duties. “Nigeria arrived on Monday, Australia have a big team and came on Tuesday, so it’s been busy and it’ll be the same right up to the event.
“I think I’m getting 1000 emails a day; from changes to room lists, people not travelling from Nigeria or more than expected from Singapore. It’s been bigger than we’re used to for sure.”
Master Bailey has organised TKD events before, like the Scottish Championships and Scottish Open, but not on this scale.
He was selected to organise the event when the sport’s Commonwealth Championship was awarded to Scotland a year ago, but it has grown in size since then.
“We’re going to have some top level competitors here,” he added. “The WTF made it a ranking event, so it counts to qualifying for the Olympics in Rio. That has seen the entries increase.”
Among the hundreds of competitors will be Bailey’s daughter Asia.
The Larbert High 16-year-old is overcoming a minor knee injury at the national training centre in Manchester but is “on good form and in good nick” according to her dad, coach and mentor.
“She could be up against some of the English girls she trains with at Manchester, so that’ll be strange,” he said.
“But she’s doing well at the moment and I’d say we have at least a few medal hopefuls from Scotland, though England are bringing up a large squad – more than 250.”
The Baileys aren’t the only local people involved .
“We have seven from Central Academy involved in the opening ceremony and many more are looking forward to the weekend, volunteering or just watching.It’s created a real buzz around the club,” he added.
And once he gets all the organisation done, Master Bailey can enjoy that buzz too.