12 Jul Games Fever – Let Glasgow Flourish
So as the diversion signs go up, the roads close, the traffic builds and the airports are jam packed please take a deep breath and fight the urge to join the grumblers. Look at the bigger picture and the opportunity the Games offer for Glasgow, for Scotland, for all the children experiencing this sporting extravaganza on their own turf. Focus on all the blood, sweat and tears those athletes and their coaches and families have put in to get this far. They’ve made sacrifices for years to be at the very top of their game, to qualify and to travel across the world to this dear green place.Some may laugh at my Games Fever but I’m caught up in the moment and I plan to enjoy every second. I’ve got tickets for two events and I’ll be there with a flag painted on my face, cheering like a mad woman. I will shed a few tears at National Anthems, at under dogs fighting back to win a medal, at soppy stories about athletes and coaches and families. I plan to soak up every second of it. I’m going to ditch the high heels and walk to work in trainers, looking at the faces and listening to the voices of all these international strangers, and I’m going to do my best to make them feel welcome in this wonderful city I’m proud to call home.
In the years ahead I’m going to be inspired every time I hear a youngster talk about their role model being Michael Jamieson or Eilidh Child, or any other athletes who achieve great things through hard work and commitment.