Team HM at the Games - Days 2 & 3
We didn't think it could get much better than Day 1, but the medals just keep on coming. By the end of Saturday night Team Scotland was still third in the overall medal table with 25, and the tally of 11 golds equals our best ever haul from Manchester 2002 – and there are still eight days to go. All we need now is for Usain Bolt to app ... we're all set!
As Legal Advisers to Glasgow 2014, and Proud Supporters of Team Scotland, Harper Macleod has embraced the Games over the past three years. Now, people from within the firm are among the thousands of spectators, volunteers and workers who are making this something very special.
The highlights of the past few days have hit the headlines, but some of our favourites are worth a recap. Dan Wallace's 400m medley win, matching that of compatriot Hannah Miley in the women's event, was pretty special. And when Neil Fachie & Craig Maclean made it two golds with victory in men's sprint tandem on Saturday, we helped raise the roof at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Lawn bowls and shooting have also contributed medals, with the promise of more to come.
Judo has been the unexpected (for us) stand-out sport so far. Saturday even eclipsed Day 1's performance, with Scotland claiming three golds to tie with Team England on six gold's each. Euan Burton, Team Scotland's flag bearer, was the one everyone was hoping for, and he was matched by Sarah Adlington and Chris Sherrington on Saturday, following Sarah Clark's gold on Friday.
Carolyn Morgan, a Partner at Harper Macleod, is also the Honorary Legal Adviser to Commonwealth Games Scotland, the organisation responsible for Team Scotland, and she was delighted to be part of a medal presentation ceremony for the judo at the SECC.
We saw Scotland come close to pulling off a huge upset against the All Blacks in the rugby 7s at Ibrox, where the atmosphere from a packed stadium was electric (there was even a successful marriage proposal – not by us!). We can't wait to see Scotland face South Africa in the quarter-finals today.
A special word for Michael Jamieson, who received some criticism for his reaction to 'only' winning a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke. He's a big part of the 'new' Team Scotland we're witnessing at these Games, a team of winners who aren't here just to take part. He was kind enough to pose for a picture with young members of Team HM, and the smile was back. No doubt about it though, he's determined to return to the pool in the months ahead and work harder than ever to get that gold.
With so many medals being won it's hard to keep track. For Harper Macleod, it's great to be among the crowds witnessing some glorious sporting moments that are only possible thanks to the hard work that went on behind the scenes over many years to prepare for the arrival of the Commonwealth Games. As Legal Advisers to Glasgow 2014, we played a small part and we're very proud of it. But now it's all about the athletes. (Fortunately for everyone, there are no events or medals for lawyers!).