I’ve been busy with 101 other things in the last week or so, including the DR WHO THEMED CHARITY AUCTION (with BONUS OTHER ITEMS) which you should totally check out, and because of this I’ve not yet posted my story of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in my home city of Glasgow. WOW it was a great time. Loads of athletes contributed items for auction, and I managed to meet the likes of David Millar, Michael Jamieson, Josh Taylor, Chris Brown and loads more. I got to wear a Gold Medal round my neck, I met some truly amazing people. Here’s a rough story of what went down with those I did meet. I spent a lot of time getting a Games tshirt signed by as many as I could meet, you’ll see that at the end of this post, it’s an awesome one! ALL THESE ITEMS WILL BE COMING TO A MASSIVE SPORTS THEMED CHARITY AUCTION IN SEPTEMBER ON THIS BLOG, BUT IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A BID… YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME :)
Let’s start with a quality one, and my own gold medal which Simon Orchard of the Aussie Hockey Team was happy for me to have a shot of :D From the same team, Trent Mitton was kind enough to donate one of his 2014 branded tshirts, which looks awesome, signed with “Glasgow 2014″ added.
One of the stars of the Games was Adam Gemili who went home with two silver medals (I was lucky enough to see him win 100m silver in person at Hampden thanks to being gifted tickets by James Smyth!) and he was awesome when I caught him going for a wee wander out the village.
Jared Connaughton of Team Canada was one of the first to come through with a multi signed item when he produced one his running vests signed by loads of the Canadian athletes including Liz Gleadle, Josh Cassidy and Derek Drouin.
His Canadian team mate, cyclist Aidan Caves was the first competitor I met at the games, and he donated loads of items, including this awesome shirt he wore in the Canadian Junior Track Championships.
I managed to cross paths with loads of Team Scotland Medal Winners, including Michael Jamieson who astoundingly
remembered me from two years ago when I last met him! Josh Taylor and Stephen Lavelle both took home medals (gold and bronze respectively) from Glasgow and both were kind enough to stop and sign for me, even if it was pouring down some of the time. Signing under an umbrella in the Scottish “Summertime” can be horrific, but I managed to pull it off I think. There’s me with Josh the day after the games ended!
The kit donations stayed pretty steady through the games, with some people really going above and beyond to come out and meet me, as well as handing over goodies for me to auction.
Chris Brown, Olympic Gold Medal winner, had been trying to cross paths with me for several weeks, since the Diamond League, and we finally managed it the day after the games ended, with his donations including this Bahamas tshirt, and his actual race kit from the games, with number still attached to the front. He also brough me a tshirt for myself… what a guy!
Welsh badminton star Joe Morgan met up with me in Central Station where he gave me a couple of his own shirts, with Glasgow 2014 branding, signed by the Welsh squad, like the one pictured there, while fellow badmintoners, the Northern Irish brother and sister pairing Ciaran and Sinead Chambers, who signed a 2014 tshirt they very kindly gave me.
Paddy Barnes has won two bronze medals at the Olympics, and successfully defended his Gold Medal at Commonwealth level. He signed a few items including this mini Lonsdale glove for auctioning.
Guernsey swimmers James Jurkiewicz and Alexander Beaton nipped out to see me and James very kindly came up with some awesome items for me to auction, including a signed pair of England swim shorts from Ben Proud and a multi signed shirt from the Wales swim team. Well chuffed I was. Swimmers have been awesome to me during the games, and Northern Ireland’s Danielle Hill who pulled out all the stops to get me some amazing items, like this multi signed CWCUK vest with loads of the biggest medal winners in swimming history like Chad Le Clos, James Magnussen, Ross Murdoch and loads more. It’s mindblowing!
Next to step up is the awesome Collis Birmingham, double Olympian, and one who has supported my fundraising in the past. Collis very kindly donated one of his Team Australia vests, which he signed despite it being horrible weather when he came to meet me.
Keeping it down under, Kiwi boxer Leroy Hindley popped out with a tshirt signed by himself and five other NZ boxers, including eventual gold medallist David Nyika!
Scotland’s Euan Burton carried the Saltire into the Opening Ceremony and went on to win Judo Gold before retiring from the sport, and I luckily spotted him as he left the village to get a taxi, and he added his signature to a few items for me.
If you want awesomeness, it’s meeting Team GB medal winners, and here’s England’s silver medal winning high jumper Isobel Pooley who not only signed items for auction but also donated one of her Glasgow2014 competition crop tops, which she has signed with her medal details and PB jump on it.
One of the most awesome people I met during the games was Jason Smyth, four time Paralympic gold winner, who was kind enough to give me a couple of tickets for the athletics at Hampden, meaning I got to see the mens 100m final and Libby Clegg winning Scotland’s record breaking 13th Gold. It was amazing to soak up the atmosphere of the night and get to enjoy the games in person. I can’t thank Jason enough for his generosity.
As I mentioned already, the Canadian guys were awesome in supporting my auctions, and I bumped into middle distance runner Taylor Milne, following his post games celebrations in town. It was hammering it down so I was unable to get any items signed, but he was kind enough to hand me a bag of Canadian goodies. Fellow runner Daundre Barnaby also handed over some of his kit, the Canadian top he has been using for warm ups.
I promised you a pic of the tshirt I had been working on, so here it is, in all it’s glory. Everyone who donated kit during the Games signed it, along with a lot lot more! Among the signatures are 2014 Medal Winners Greg Rutherford, Kim Mickle, Paddy Barnes, Sally Pearson, Claudia Fragapane, Euan Burton, Michael Jamieson, Josh Taylor, Conrad Williams, Adam Gemili, David Weir and loads more. It’s also got athletics legends like Victoria Pendleton, Steve Cram, Jonathan Williams and Colin Jackson.
I will be doing a full signature map of this shirt before it’s auctioned, but suffice to say it’s one of the big stars of the fundraising.
I’ve got more items to upload, including loads who have sent me kit through the post for my auctions, but that will come tomorrow :D
HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED ITEMS AND DONATED BITS AND BOBS TO THE AUCTIONS AS MENTIONED ABOVE… I APPRECIATE IT MORE THAN YOU KNOW!