Commonwealth Games

As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close this weekend we have been looking at our photos from our Games adventure last weekend. We are so used to cheering on team GB that it was hard not to cheer on ALL the home nations, especially as so many of the athletes we cheer for are from all over Britain.

Go Sco

Boo loved all of the “People Make Glasgow” messages; especially those on the Glasgow version of ‘Boris Bikes’

People Make Glasgow Bridge  People Make Glasgow Building  People Make Glasgow Bike

Our visit to Glasgow started with a glimpse of the final 50 boats of the 250 strong flotilla that were heading into the centre of Glasgow (spotted again the following afternoon moored near the BBC studios).

Flotilla Flotilla on the Clyde Watching the Flotilla With the flotilla behind the BBC

Talking of the River Clyde Boo did enjoy Clyde (the mascot) spotting.

Clyde  Clyde2  Clyde3 Thistle

We saw a couple of walking Clyde mascots over the weekend but these were our favourites!

Clyde Biscuits

Glasgow Green was a brilliant place to spend Saturday with the sport on the big screen, a wet-felting activity to satisfy Boo’s creative urges, a visit of the Scottish female Judo medal winners, and dancing on the stage that set our young companions to skip and race around. The youngsters also worked together to keep us all supplied with water.

Teamwork

Oh, and en route Boo discovered this potential TARDIS….

Doctor Who

amongst other interesting sights.

Big G Traffic Cone Robot IrnBru

Sunday afternoon it was our turn to join the queues heading into the Ibrox for the Rugby 7’s Finals. Boo took advantage of the wait to paint flags on her cheeks. Unfortunately none of us felt up to painting the Welsh dragon. (By the way, did you know that the flag Boo is wearing is the flag of the Commonwealth?)

Commonwealth Flag2 Commonwealth Flag

Mind you the divided loyalties of her facepaints were tested during the hotly contested England vs Scotland match! The noise in the stadium was particularly deafening during this match and the follow up England vs Wales meeting.

England Scotland match England Scotland match2 Team Scotland

The action was incredible, fast, furious, dramatic, hotly contested, occasionally brutal, and kept us glued to our seats throughout. I’m not sure if Boo intends taking up Rugby 7’s but she’s definitely a convert to watching it live. We cheered, groaned, shouted, sang, gasped and came close to losing our voices. The atmosphere was brilliant and an excellent continuation of our London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic experiences.

Hamster Wheels South Africa TRY South Africa TRY2Australia2 Rugby 7s Medal Ceremony

The Cycling Time Trials took place once we had returned home and Boo probably worried our neighbours as she cheered on Emma Pooley (a real favourite as she has managed to combine completing her PhD in geotechnical engineering with her cycling career – what a role model), Katie Archibald, Geraint Thomas and Alex Dowsett amongst others. It goes without saying that she was disappointed on behalf of Sir Bradley Wiggins, and the rest of the Track Team Pursuit squad, but has hopes that they will achieve gold at Rio in two years time. A highlight of the Commonwealth Games track cycling for Boo, and the event she would have liked to have seen live, is the tandem para-cycling. After her experience as a tandem stoker these races will always hold a special place in her heart.

Whatever the weather throws at us, it would appear that Britain is able to put on inspirational displays of sporting excellence, encouraging the next generation to explore an array of interesting sports and find those that suit them.

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