Can you believe we’re already down to double figures on the countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games? Time definitely flies when a thistle is having fun.
We celebrated 100 Days to Go on 14 April, and this milestone was a biggy. The elements behind the medal ceremonies were unveiled at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, including the medals themselves.
Find out more about the creative talent behind the medal ceremonies, and browse the highlights on the 100 Days to Go Storify page.
I’ve had a blast surprising schools across Scotland with the Game On Scotland Plaque. A massive well done to… Abbey Primary School, Kingcase Primary School, Galston Primary School, St Helens Primary School, Castlehill Primary School, Stenhousemuir Primary School, St Francis Xavier’s RC Primary School, Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School, Wellington School, and George Heriots School. Phew!
It’s been a super busy month, but I did manage to catch some awesome sport events, like the Glasgow Warriors Family Fun Day (their mascot is called Clyde too!) and the Scottish Swim Championships – where top swimmers battled it out at Tollcross International Swimming Centre not just for a national title, but for the qualification standard needed for Glasgow 2014. Exciting stuff!
I even bumped into tandem cyclist Aileen McGlynn OBE at the Scottish Bike Show in the Emirates Arena! It was such an honour meeting one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympians.
Aileen wasn’t the only superstar I got to meet. I was invited along to the Young Scot Awards 2014 to present a community award to the Young Care Leavers Campaigners – what an inspirational bunch. Read more about their incredible story.
This month the Queen’s Baton Relay has been travelling through the Caribbean. Check out this cool photo from Grand Turk Island in Turks and Caicos – who knew I had a long lost cousin?
The Queen’s Baton will be arriving in the British Isles on 11 May 2014, where it will travel through communities in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and England before arriving in Scotland on 14 June 2014. Find out where the baton is now.
Before I sign off, I’d like to say a huge congratulations to East40, a band made up of schoolchildren from Glasgow’s east end. With the help of some cool music superstars, they’ve launched an amazing Commonwealth-themed song – Let the Games Begin – to raise money for UNICEF, the global charity partner for Glasgow 2014. I’ve been dancing about to it all day!