OPINION: Sunday was a great day to be among the action at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
I watched the New Zealand men's Black Sticks beat Trinidad and Tobago 8-0 in a good hit-out for the harder matches to come. It's a fantastic little hockey venue with the stands nice and close to the action - another positive legacy of Glasgow 2014.
Then I watched two sessions at the rugby sevens at Ibrox Stadium, home of the Glasgow Rangers. This stadium seats 51,000 people and it was near capacity for both sessions, boasting an unbelievable atmosphere with lots of visitors backing their nations but mainly passionate Scottish supporters in attendance.
This must have been intimidating for the All Black sevens team, as they struggled to put the Scottish side away, limping home by 17-14. A wake-up call.
Fantastic entertainment was provided during the sevens, with lots to see and do in the breaks between games. A local presenter interacts with the crowd, with heaps of singing and dancing a la the Wellington Sevens (but with twice the number of people).
The 1998 Proclaimers song I Would Walk 500 Miles has essentially become the Scottish Commonwealth Games "crowd favourite" anthem, and virtually everyone joins in to sing and clap each time it is played (this has occurred at every venue we have attended so far).
I looked at the marathon yesterday, which passed through the main streets of Glasgow, then attended the rugby sevens finals, in which New Zealand lost to South Africa.
Highlights for me so far have been the Kiwi medal haul at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome - a reward for the courage and investment shown by Sport NZ and High Performance Sport NZ both in the programme and now the Avantidrome in Cambridge. Can't go past the Scottish success in the swimming pool and the fantastic atmosphere at all venues and in the streets of Glasgow.
Matthew Cooper is chief executive of Sport Waikato.
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