Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014 – Part 7

I’ve had my own games today looking after a very energetic great grandson. We’ve had ball games in the garden and adventure play in the local park.

As a result of being occupied with my own games management, I only had time to watch a half-an-hour of TV featuring women’s gymnastics. In that short viewing I saw incredible action from the Scottish and English teams. These young women were unbelievably fit, agile, graceful and very brave. To achieve routines on the beam and floor involving flips, somersaults, and tumbles takes a lot grit and abundant energy.

I’ve subsequently learned that both the English male and female gymnastic teams have won gold medals. (See link below.)


Glasgow 2014: England win double gymnastics team gold

Monday, July 28, 2014

Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014 – Part 6



Another great day for the Games – the weather played ball, as did those engaged in ball sports. The Australian Women’s Hockey team overwhelmed England 3 -0, but if England can beat Scotland on Wednesday, they will be in the semi-finals.

Alex Marshall and Paul Foster, representing Scotland in the Men’s Pairs Lawn Bowls event overpowered the Malaysians with a score of 30 -3. The Scots won gold medals in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Nicol David for Malaysia and Laura Massaro for England, battled for gold in the Women’s Squash Singles finals. Second seed Massaro, lost to the favourite, first seed David: 12 – 10, 11 – 2, 11 – 5.

Many other sports were played.

One thing that struck me was the perseverance of older competitors; those who had participated in previous Commonwealth Games.

Yesterday, Erraid Davies, a 13-year-old swimmer from Shetland, won a bronze medal for the para 100 metres breaststroke. She’s the youngest medal winner in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

As a TV spectator, I’m enjoying the spectacle, which is free of charge, with in-depth commentaries, close-ups of the action, and slow motion shots of important happenings.


England’s winning streak put to an end by Australia (Women’s Hockey)

Glasgow 2014: Scotland secure gold in men’s pairs lawn bowls

Squash at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – Women’s Singles

Erraid Davies becomes youngest ever Commonwealth Games medal winner

Commonwealth Games

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014 – Part 5

Michael Shelley

Flomena Daniel

Rugby Sevens

Rugby Sevens action

Scotland beat England

Results - first round, first heat

Rachel Parish - shooting

This is the fourth day of the Games, and what a day it has been so far. The men’s marathon was won by the Australian Michael Shelley, in a time of two hours, eleven minutes and fifteen seconds, and the women’s marathon was won by Kenyan Flomena Daniel in two hours, twenty six minutes and forty five seconds.

Loads of other competitions took place, including the quarterfinals of the Rugby Sevens, the shooting finals of the men’s and women’s Double Trap, the men’s One Hundred Metres Round One races, and the men’s doubles Bowls final won by Scotland against England.

I’ve not been glued to the telly all day; in fact no more than couple of hours, but what I have seen via the box, is men and women in their physical prime, achieving their very best. Many will go away disappointed because they were not medal winners, but the majority will feel they have achieved something way above the humdrum.


Shelley Claims Marathon Gold

Shelley and Daniel win marathon gold

Commonwealth Games: Shelley wins gold in marathon

Commonwealth Games: Scotland’s bowls team in final

Michael Shelley

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014 – Part 4

For me, the big event of the day was the mixed relay triathlon which saw teams of men and women competing in three disciplines: swimming, riding and running. Competitors had to swim 250 metres, then ride bicycles for 6 kilometres, and finally run 1.6 kilometres. The English team of four were Vicky Holland, Jonnie Brownlee, Jodie Stimpson and Alistair Brownlee.  Jodie and Alistair had individually won gold medals on Thursday. All four athletes performed well to the effect that their combined effort and determination resulted in a win for England.

I was amazed at their incredible fitness. All their hard training paid off.


England dream team land relay gold

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Commonwealth Games Federation

Friday, July 25, 2014

Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014 – Part 3

Louise Kimberley

Colin Oates

Jodie Stimpson

Joanna Rowsell

These Games do not disappoint. They have made a cracking start. Yesterday and today there’s been plenty of drama.

Yesterday Louise and Kimberley Renicks both won gold medals for Scotland in their classes at Judo.

Colin Oates for England won gold in the 66kg Judo class.

The women’s Triathlon was magnificently won by Jodie Stimpson for England.

This afternoon Joanna Rowsell came first for England in the Women’s 3,000m Individual Cycling Pursuit at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

At the moment England stands top of the medal table with 11 Gold, 10 silver, and 7 bronze. Australia is second and Scotland third.

Here are a few photos taken of competitors as seen on my TV.


Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games Federation

Commonwealth Games 2014: Gold rush for England and Scotland in Glasgow rescues our summer of sport

Commonwealth Games 2014: Renicks sisters Kimberley and Louise pull off a golden double for Scotland in judo

Jodie Stimpson wins gold for England in women's triathlon at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Commonwealth Games - Glasgow 2014 – Part 2

Yesterday evening there was a fantastic opening to the Commonwealth Games. I found the presentation original, colourful and highly entertaining. The thematic scenery featured images of Glasgow and Scotland, and the music, singing and dancing had a Scottish flavour. Everything was vibrant. There was an enormous screen along one side of the stadium that was used to good effect to project realistic and beautiful abstract images.

There were two, interlocking themes: Welcome to Glasgow, and Put Children First. The latter was focussed on children in need within the Commonwealth. Instead of being forgotten at the bottom of the pile, they were to be put first by raising money for them through an instant appeal to TV viewers all over the world. Viewers at home and spectators at the stadium were encouraged to donate £5 by texting ‘FIRST’ to 70333. This was to be an instant, coordinated attempt at raising millions of pounds for improving the lot of poor and vulnerable children. The whole fundraising project was organised in conjunction with UNICEF. At the present time 3.1 million pounds have been raised.

The Queen and Prince Philip arrived in style in their sumptuous Rolls Royce. Amid tumultuous applause they proceeded to the royal enclosure with Prince Imran of Malaysia, President of the Games. It was his task to deliver an introductory speech before the official opening of the Games by the Queen. After an accomplished and eloquent delivery, he tried to prise the lid from the Queen’s baton to remove a copy of the Her Majesty’s speech that had travelled within the baton to 71 competing nations. At first the lid would not budge. Sir Chris Hoy gave a hand, but to no effect; finally, to the cheers and relief of all, the lid was opened by the Prince and the scroll was passed to the Queen.

I had expected to be bored with the long parade of competitors, but they were dressed in national costumes or distinctive attires, and they showed their joy and pride as they paraded before the assembly. Instead of being bored I was fascinated by the jubilations. At the end of the ceremony there was an extremely noisy, colourful and lively firework display to provide a fitting ending to the evening.

P.S. I am disappointed to discover that there will be no rowing or sailing at these Games. They are not designated as ‘core’ sports; therefore they can only be included at the discretion of a host city.


Commonwealth Games Federation


Glasgow Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

Queen was 'delighted' by tricky puzzle posed by Commonwealth Games baton

Commonwealth Games 2014: Glasgow is first winner with opening ceremony

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014

At 09.00 this evening, the Queen will open the 20th Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Scotland will host this 11 day festival of sport in which approximately 6,500 athletes from 71 nations will compete in 17 sports for medals to be awarded to individuals and for team events.

There are thirteen venues where the games will be held. Hampton Park, famous as a football stadium, has been adapted for track and field events. This was no mean feat, because a new surface had to be built 1.9 metres above the ground.   Other venues include Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow National Hockey Centre and Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre. Strathclyde Country Park, which is 14 miles from the centre of Glasgow, will be the location for the triathlon. The Royal Commonwealth Pool, at Edinburgh, 45 miles to the east of Glasgow, will be used for diving events.

Uniquely different to the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games are known as the ‘Friendly Games’. Friendly because participants represent member nations of the Commonwealth, all of which recognise the Queen as Head.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Games on TV. Of particular interest will be the rowing and sailing events.


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The Commonwealth

Commonwealth of Nations

The Queen’s Baton Relay