It's that time for my weekly roundup again and to fill you in on all things #Team14. Along with my Commonwealth duties I have literally worn my shoes out doing tours around Glasgow this week. I plan to do some travel blogs for visitors and locals with ideas on alternative things to do in the city. I will also be doing a post on my recommendations for non sport events in the city during the Games (there is lots happening!).
Tomorrow I'm off to see the transformations at Hampden and although I'm disappointed that Mo Farah is no longer competing I'm looking forward to seeing some other world class and local talent at my first ever athletics event.
Here is a roundup of some other #Team14 things from this week.
For as long as I can remember there are two sports that I've had a burning desire to try, lawn bowls and golf! Being an outdoors person I've always fancied trying both these activities as an alternative to the adrenaline fuelled sports that normally take place outside.
There are two reasons that I've never stepped foot on any green before now, clothing and formality. Personally I want any activity I choose to participate in to be inclusive and enjoyable, lets be honest there is nothing cool or relaxing about following strict club rules whilst dressed in a blazer and skirt (I ditched those forever the day I left school) or a V neck jumper and chequered trousers!
When I got the chance to try lawn bowls with my fellow #Team14 bloggers this week and told that I could leave any stereotypes at the door I just couldn't say no. The only dress code was wear flat shoes and a big smile!
Woodend Bowling Club in Jordanhill, Glasgow had kindly invited us along and provided some expert coaches to teach us the basics of the game.
We were split into small groups and taken around some fun circuits to start us off. The first stereotype was shattered when we got to choose from some brightly coloured bowls, naturally I went for pink! We then spent an hour learning techniques and aiming the bowl at some fun obstacles including up a ramp into paddling pool! It didn't take long before I started to get the hang of it and with my expert coach I was soon hitting the targets (well most times!).
Then it was time to get serious as we split into teams for an actual match. We may have been having fun but the competitive streak was coming out in some of my fellow bloggers and it was officially game on! Even if I say so myself I was pretty pleased with my performance considering it was my first time. Sadly our team lost 3 - 1 in the end but it didn't seem to matter as everyone was enjoying the night so much.
With my first Commonwealth sport under my belt and my perceptions firmly in the bin alongside my school blazer and skirt I wondered why it had taken me so long to find out lawn bowls could be so cool!
Oh and for those that think bowling isn't that physical I can testify to aching legs the next day from all the bending!
I can't thank Woodend Bowling Club enough for having us along and letting me fulfill a secret ambition. This was a great team-building night and they made it fun for all ages as one of my fellow bloggers had her young children involved too. If I still lived in Glasgow I would join this club in a minute, if you are local and looking for a new sociable activity or something for your kids to try then do contact them as they are genuinely very welcoming and you never know you could be playing for Team Scotland in the next Commonwealth Games.
I wish someone had told me what I'm telling you and I could have been delivering some girly pink bowls up the green years ago. Don't get me wrong some clubs are still formal but there are plenty that are embracing a new generation of bowlers, to get more advice or find a club near you contact Bowls Scotland.
Lawn Bowls will be played at Kelvingrove and you can find out more and buy tickets at the Glasgow 2014 website.
If like me you are looking forward to watching some of the sporting action in the Commonwealth Games but sometimes wonder what is going on then one of my fellow #Team14 bloggers has produced some excellent guides. They are also is essential if you have got tickets for one of the lesser known Commonwealth sports which sound fun but you haven't really got a clue what they're all about.
Steven calls them short sports guides, personally I call them bluffer's guides - so if you want to sound like an expert on any or every sport in the Commonwealth Games pop over to his blog pronto!
The Opening Ceremony takes place on the 23rd July but I'm sure you all knew that! This week I was invited to a cast rehearsal but unfortunately I had other commitments although I have also been lucky enough to receive an invite to the dress rehearsal on the 21st and I can't tell you how excited I am. Obviously I won't be able to share any photos or specific details because that would spoil the surprise...however I will be tweeting live from Celtic Park with my thoughts about the night.
Also look out for my Opening Ceremony themed blog post next week with some great interviews.
So that is a quick update for this week with lots more planned for next week. Every time I go back to Glasgow I get more and more excited at the changes taking place, there really is a buzz in the city. With just over a week until the Games start #Team14 will be bringing you lots of blogs and tweets about some of the exciting things taking place as the build up continues, just follow the hashtag on Twitter.
Have a great week!
At the beginning of June I was chosen as one of the official bloggers for the XX Commonwealth Games that will be held in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014.