Double World Champion Keri-anne Payne Reflects on #teamredsky success at Glasgow 2014
What a fantastic Commonwealth Games Red Sky had in Glasgow. Of the 18 athletes that competed there were 5 Gold medals, 3 Silver medals, 3 Bronze medals and 16 finals across the board!
The Red Sky athletes in the pool did a fantastic meet. James Guy won a Gold and Bronze medal at his first games, with David Carry presenting the medal to James for the 400 freestyle. Michael Jamieson narrowly missed out on Commonwealth Gold to fellow Scot Ross Murdoch. Both boys are now ranked number 1 and 2 in the world! Craig Benson finished his 100 breastroke in 4th place, not a medal but a very encouraging performance from Craig and great to see him back in international finals. Hannah Miley showed the Commonwealth who was boss and stormed past everyone in the first final of the Games to regain her 400 IM title. The roof at Tollcross nearly blew off with the crowd screaming for Hannah in the closing stages of the race. At the diving venue in Edinburgh we had Grace Reid finishing 5th in the 1 and 9th in the 3 meter springboard finals. A very promising performance from the 17 year old.
The brilliant duo of Neil Fachie and Craig McClain sealed their places in history as Double Commonwealth Champions in the men’s tandem; outstanding performances. Katie Archibald made her mark on the Scottish cycling team with a bronze medal in the Women’s 25km Points Race. Katie is only 20 years old and showed real character in the time trial to finish 5th but had an even more impressive performance in the road race where the young athlete kept with the lead pack for most of the road race to finish 6th. Callum Skinner made a final in his event.
Husband and wife judoka’s Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons both hoped for gold in their categories. Gemma coming back from an injury, a solid performance to win Silver medal in the Woman’s -78kg category. Euan knew that this was going to be his last competition and would retire from the sport after these Games no matter what the outcome. Euan was fighting 8kg’s light. However, you wouldn’t have been able to tell as he dominated all of his opponents to win a spectacular Gold medal. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house during his medal ceremony as you could see the emotion on his face at what that last fight meant to him.
Guy Learmonth and Eilish McColgan were competing at Hamden in the athletics. Both putting on great performances and both through to finals in their main events. A great place to be two years out from the Rio Olympics.
The number one ranked team New Zealand lost out to South Africa in the final, proved that the 7’s game can go any way. The Scotland team played well but were beaten by the Kiwi’s in their semi-final match. Richie Vernon, Mark Bennett and Captain Colin Gregor played well but just couldn’t beat the very strong New Zealand team.
Some truly spectacular performances from #teamredsky athletes at the 20th Commonwealth Games. My performer of the Games was Hannah Miley with not only her Gold and Bronze medal, Hannah also did 7 finals and did numerous personal best times. My performance of the Games though goes to Neil Fachie becoming double Commonwealth Champion. All those amazing performances contributed to Red Sky being places 11th on the medal table.