July 29, 2014
by Shona Robison
With only five days of competition completed Team Scotland has astounded everyone and equalled their best ever total medal haul in a Commonwealth Games.
It is something we were confident could be done, but to do it so early in the Games and in such incredible fashion is more than many of us dared to believe.
First we were celebrating alongside Alex Marshall and Paul Foster after they won Gold in the Lawn Bowl Pairs. Jennifer MacIntosh took bronze in the 50m Rifle Prone final at Barry Buddon.
Then as the evening sessions got underway Libby Clegg and her guide runner Mikail Huggins put in an amazing performance to dominate the 100m Para Sport T12.
Some of the action from the athletics
There were also strong performances in the men’s 50m Rifle Prone and the women’s Hammer Throw.
Ryan Bennett, Craig McNally, Hannah Miley, Camilla Hattersley, Ross Murdoch, Mark Tully, Joe Welstead then followed suit in the pool, but sadly missed out on the podium.
Tollcross has become such a lucky place for Team Scotland and for many spectators it will be the source of incredibly special memories.
Those experiences have been mirrored across Games’ venues.
Indeed, as Libby and Mikail said after the race, the crowds have really excelled in supporting the athletes and given them an extra lift. I saw for myself earlier in the week how the crowd at Ibrox took our Commonwealth cousins rugby sevens teams to their hearts.
All of the teams have been warmly welcomed and each person going along to the venues, any of the stages or events around the city such as Glasgow Green, has played a part in that.
So, here we sit going into Day Six with 13 Gold medals, 8 Silver and 12 Bronze.
We have some strong events to come, so hopefully Tuesday July 29, 2014 will be the day Scotland sets a new record performance in our long, proud history of competing in the Commonwealth Games.