What a great Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast! Here's one member's experience at his first Commonwealths...
Having just returned with my wife from our first Commonwealth Games I am pleased to report a very enjoyable and successful trip, both in terms of England's achievements on the Gold Coast, as well as our holiday too.
Our flights and accommodation were excellent, transport was well organised to and from the stadium from various hotels BASC supporters were staying at, as well as the shuttle services, like London 2012, the buses used the hard shoulder for speediness.
We stayed just minutes from the beach and the tram stop and start of the shuttle services.
Highlight of the Games for me was the Gold won by Katarina Johnson-Thompson who led from day 1 as well as our success in the relays. What was also pleasing was to see a number of countries gaining medals for the very first time including The cook Islands, British Virgin Islands and Dominica.
One grumble was that when a track event took place at the same time as a field event, the result appeared on the scoreboard and promptly disappeared so quickly without time to take note. Also, stewards should not allow winning athletes to do their lap of honour when a track event is about to start - this nearly upset the start of one or two races but for stewards being a little slow to act.
After a wonderful Games we went on to New Zealand for a week - fabulous country, mountains and walks abound and lovely people !
All in all, a wonderful trip.
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