Thanks, Glasgow - it's been a lot of fun

19:26, Aug 03 2014

Glasgow has produced a very tidy Commonwealth Games, thank you very much.

We've heard a lot about how Glaswegians like to do things a little differently, and they've definitely put their own spin on the Friendly Games.

There's been a lot of fun, and not a lot of fuss.

The hardness of the city has been contrasted by the absolute brilliance of the people involved with making the Games work.

During the past two weeks, I haven't met a single volunteer, official or security guard who wasn't genuinely polite and friendly and helpful.

Trust me when I say that this is not always the case when covering big events.


Nothing has been a problem and, if the Scottish people get to the end of the Games feeling an enormous amount of pride in their accomplishment, it will be well deserved.

I've got a lot of highlights from the past couple of weeks.

Working alongside a great bunch of professionals ranks right up there - you might be surprised to learn that egos can sometimes be an issue in the media, but there's been none of that on this assignment.

The sports I've covered have been exciting and vibrant.

I've already written in this column about the satisfaction I've had from being on hand to see track riders I've been covering for years doing so well at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The beauty of time zones, newspaper deadlines and travel mean that at time of writing there is still a day and a half of the Games to go, but to date I've been lucky to cover 14 New Zealand medals - 11 on the track and three at the weightlifting.

Five of those were golds - the men's team sprint, Sam Webster's individual sprint, Tom Scully in the points race, Shane Archbold in the scratch race and the redemption medal in the lifting to Richie Patterson.

As I write this I'm sitting in a media tent at a rain-drenched hockey venue waiting for the women's Black Sticks to play their bronze medal match against South Africa.

Hopefully, by the time you've read this I will have also been on hand to cover the Silver Ferns defending their gold medal against Australia.

Regardless, a couple of notable exceptions aside, it's been a great Games for New Zealand, and a real privilege to be here covering it.

The Southland Times