Having enjoyed watching the 2012 Olympic Games in London on the television I wondered how the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow might compare. With considerably less money available to host the Glasgow Games it was difficult to know what the result might be.
Thankfully I have found this year`s games to have been an overwhelming success. The opening ceremony was full of action and excitement and gave visitors an insight to life in Scotland. I also thought it very relevant to have Rod Stewart performing one of his classic songs at the home of his beloved Celtic Football Club.
I considered it a very good idea also to have the disabled events interspersed with the non-disabled sports throughout the tournament. There were some exceptional performances from athletes across all sports and abilities. It was particularly pleasing to see the home nations do so well in many different events with Scotland in particular surpassing all expectations.
Hopefully visitors at the Games and the viewing audience around the world have enjoyed the entertainment and will take away happy memories from the event. People in Scotland may also be inspired to visit other countries of the Commonwealth. The local economy in and around Glasgow has certainly seen the benefits financially and may tourism in Scotland continue to flourish.