Team HM at the Games - Day 4
On a day when a 13-year-old wins a bronze medal at her home Games, can there be any competition for the day's highlight? Erraid Davies, the Shetlander who is Scotland's youngest ever competitor, claimed her place in history in the SB9 100m breaststroke. You only need to see the look on her face, and that of everyone in Tollcross, to know what it meant.
While that can't be beaten, plenty of sports and athletes gave it a go – among them teenage boxer Reece McFadden, who pulled of another upset as he becomes one of Scotland's stars of the Games. Team Scotland still lie in third on the overall medal table with 30. In Delhi four years ago we won 26 in total.
There's little doubt that the Rugby 7s was a highlight on Sunday – and never mind action, what about the service. Using public transport to get to and from Ibrox, where the Rugby 7s saw 180,000 spectators over two days of action, was a real eye-opener in terms of the logistics and planning that has gone into Glasgow 2014. You can only speak for your own experience, but the shuttle service from Buchanan Street bus station was tremendous. On the return trip, following Scotland's spirited defeat to eventual winners South Africa, a huge queue formed, and we settled in for a long wait ... only to be amazed as an endless stream of empty buses appeared, lined up four at a time and dispersed the crowd in no time (somewhere else in the country there are no buses!)
As for the rugby itself, what an occasion. The atmosphere inside the ground was electric, especially when the big guns came out for the quarter-finals. With Des Clarke acting as DJ whenever there was a break in the action, and karaoke on the big screens between games, it was a real party atmosphere (and the HM binoculars come in handy when you're near the back of the stand). On the field, the home nations fell short, however from early on a final loomed between New Zealand – unbeaten in the Commonwealth Games – and the flying machines of South Africa. The Springboks won in a thrilling encounter, and set a marker for the Rio Olympics where the sport makes its debut.
It's always great to get near the stars, and after their matches the rugby players walked from the stadium to a changing facility nearby. Getting up close to the Scotland and South Africa team's just minutes after their match, with some stopping to chat or sign autographs, was yet another example of how these Games have brought sport so close to people.
But the athletes aren't the only ones having their 15 minutes of fame. Owen Harkins, an HM trainee who's on the ground working during the Games, was spotted being interviewed for the cameras on Buchanan Street for Glasgow 2014's Legacy 14 campaign.
As Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, our Property and Construction specialists advised on the agreements which saw Hampden turned into an athletics arena, complete with a revolutionary running track built six feet above the football pitch – and earning rave reviews from the athletes.
See the action get underway at the national stadium, it's great to know we made a small part in making this all happen.
Now, if it's fame you're after, you can't do any better than Usain Bolt. He's in town, but it transpires he's not too easy to get a hold of (seems to be in demand). The next best thing? Mr and Mrs Bolt. We ran into the big man's parents, Wellesley and Jennifer at Hampden, and they were having a great time.
It turns out that's the real reason Usain had to come to Glasgow – his folks had heard it was going to be a party, and told their son they didn't want to miss it. Like any good boy, he does what his mother and father tell him!