Team HM at the Games blog - Day 6
There was only one show in town today as far as Team HM was concerned. The rest of Scotland, and the fans at Hampden, might have been longing for a glimpse of Eilidh Child, who qualified for the final of the 400m hurdles in emphatic style. Or maybe David Rudisha or Kirani James, the 800m and 400m Olympic champions who are among the biggest names in world athletics.
But for us, it was all about Samantha 'Sammi' Kinghorn. The 18-year-old wheelchair racer from the Scottish Borders is our Athlete Ambassador for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and we've developed an incredibly close relationship with Sammi over the past year. All through that journey, we've had an eye on this day.
Harper Macleod, Legal Advisers to the Commonwealth Games and Proud Supporters of Team Scotland, couldn't have hoped for a better ambassador. Over the year we've watched her grow in stature and experience, becoming a recognisable face in Scottish sport as her combination of achievement and character won admirers wherever she's gone.
Now the moment was upon her, and you could have excused her for being terrified. Instead, she appeared to relish the occasion.
Not everyone at the firm could be at Hampden to see her make her debut in major international competition (there is some work to be done). However, that work stopped at around 11.30am in our offices around the country as everyone gathered to watch Sammi line up in the T54 1500m heats.
Banners, posters, Sammi masks, poetic powerpoint presentations and even five members of our public sector team wearing sandwich boards spelling out her name – the atmosphere was electric.
When the camera stopped on Sammi as she was introduced to the crowd, a roar went up that might have matched that at Hampden. Then tension as the race began. We knew the first three were guaranteed to reach the final, and Sammi went out fast, taking the lead over experience Aussie Angie Ballard. It was a nervy race, but Sammi played it cool, leaving plenty in reserve as she cruised home clear in third place and booked her place in the final on Thursday night.
Sammi can go a lot faster, but these events are all about places, not times, and the heat was another priceless bit of experience as she learns how to play these big races. The final is scheduled for 7.20pm on Thursday night ... and we're keeping the Sammi masks handy.
It was a big day for another important figure at Team HM, as the firm's co-founder and Chairman Professor Lorne Crerar celebrated a birthday at the national stadium. We're not saying which one it is though.
Elsewhere, Scotland's men's gymnasts won an unprecedented silver – the country's first major team medal. It was also the medal that broke Scotland's all-time record for medals at a Commonwealth Games.
An incredible swimming meet came to an end at Tollcross, but not before Dan Wallace added silver in 200m medley to the gold and silver he had already won.
This couldn't stop Scotland being passed by Canada in the overall medal table, and New Zealand, India and South Africa are also gaining ground. But no matter the final reckoning, this will go down in history as our best ever Commonwealth Games. We'll take that.