It's been one of the highlights of the extensive Glasgow Games 2014 (and London Olympics in 2012) TV coverage that women have been appearing on screen as athletes and not window-dressing.
To be presented on screen purely for thing you excel at is sadly not as common a thing for women as it should be. With the Games we've had a chance to see women as athletes first - strong, fast, accurate, diverse and powerful. I would love to see more women's sporting events receive TV coverage throughout the year.
In the space of just two competitions we had four world record attempts and three world records broken! The crowd were with the lifters the whole way and there were real highs and lows. The determination on each women's face when she prepares for her lift just keeps you on tenterhooks the entire time - you want every single one of them to make it. The floor is mostly silent to let the competitor concentrate except for encouraging instructions from the coaches - but as the crunch approaches, necks crane forward, hands clasp together, knuckles whiten, eyes widen, and a mexican wave of whispers chanting quietly 'come on, come on, come on!' sweeps across the auditorium!
Anyway, I was hugely inspired and impressed by all the women competing and really fancy giving lifting a try sometime!
Earlier this week in non games related events, Rockin' Roy and I went out for dinner at the CCA's vegetarian cafe bar Cafe Saramago. There are lots of places to eat in Glasgow which do good veggie food but not many that do it exclusively.
To eat I had the carb-tastic veggie haggis & chips and Rockin' Roy had the spicy Paella, we both had a pint of Joker, one of our favourite IPAs.
Rockin' Roy will be doing his last volunteer sound crew stint with the Games tomorrow for the closing ceremony. I'm looking forward to being able to get on public transport again but it's a bit sad it's over. My hope is that the legacy of the games won't be just cash in the back pockets of corporate shareholders, but that people in Scotland and the rest of the competing nations think 'hmm, maybe I could have a go at sport!'. It would also be good to see greater investment in local grassroots community sports teams & projects in Glasgow.
Additional - Scotland could really do with a new national anthem and we are literally tripping up over musical talent up here...