Glasgow is playing host to the Australian Games, otherwise known as the Commonwealth Games from the 23 July to 3 August, 2014.
It’s haggis v meat pies. Having debuted with haggis recently, I know who will win this one. It’s gold to the 4 and twenty!
The Commonwealth Games have been going since 1930 and although there are 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, 71 teams participate.
When Australian’s win and dominate everything, like Athletics, which they aren’t even strong in, is there really a point in having the Commonwealth Games?
I think the answer is yes and no. Being highly opinionated, this is very unlike me to sit on a fence and don’t try it, it does hurt.
I believe winning a gold medal in the Olympic Games should be the pinnacle of your sport and that’s why I think sports such as tennis, basketball and golf should definitely not be in the Olympics.
The Commonwealth Games is similar and it’s great that sports like netball, lawn bowls and squash are part of this event. They aren’t included in the Olympics and for these athletes (and yes I am saying lawn bowlers are athletes), winning a gold medal at these games is better or on parr with winning a World Championship.
The Commonwealth Games is also a stepping stone for athletes for the Olympic games, two years after. It gives them a yardstick on where they are at.
It appears as if the Scottish have their security in place, to stop people like me and also for patrons who don’t behave well. ‘UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR TEAM’.
While it may seem weird that there is more chance of white Australian athletes medalling in the 100m than there is of seeing the Loch Ness Monster, the Commonwealth Games has its place. It is tradition now, also.
I tried to find a few interesting facts about Scotland and I found two:
1. Scotland lost the greatest number of soldiers per head of population in World War I.
2. The official animal of Scotland is the Unicorn. It hasn’t done a lot for the country recently.
Here are some funny pieces I found out of Scotland though.