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A personal journey to the Commonwealth Games

Kirsty Partridge, Programme Manager: Active East, Scottish Sports Futures

Kirsty Partridge of the award-winning Active East project talks about her involvement with the Games before the opening ceremony

On the 20 July the Queen’s Baton Relay came through the North East of Glasgow. Myself and the other members of Active East went down to Glasgow Green at 6am to see the baton begin it’s journey. 13 of our young people were involved as well as individuals from partner organisations carrying the baton throughout the day until Springburn Park later in the evening.

In the morning we boarded our mini-bus and as we drove I saw my friends and family lining the route, which was an emotional moment for me. I was dropped off to wait for the baton and at that point noticed they all had t-shirts my sister had created with the message ‘Go Kirsty’. It was nerve wracking and complete excitement all rolled into one.

The 200m was a bit of a blur but so good as people were out cheering and showing their support - I felt so proud to be part of the Games. I passed the baton on to one of our colleagues from another project which was also really quite special. After I passed it we kept running to ensure we got to see all the Active Champions when they carried it back to Hogganfield Loch.

The whole day was capped off at Springburn Park where we were asked to be a guard of honour as the baton was carried to the stage - seeing all my friends and family with the Active Champions all dancing and cheering was just incredible.

The final highlight of the day was being asked to talk live on Sky News about Active East and why we had been nominated. Little did I know this was going to be the beginning of what became the craziest, busiest most amazing two weeks of my life. The following day at the Beyond Sport Commonwealth conference we picked up the Dell Beyond the Games award for project of the year!

That evening we used our gifted tickets to attend the dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park and I got to see Michaela Munro - who I had nominated through Unicef to be part of the Flying Scot programme - talk about her experience in Guyana and ask everyone there to ‘Put Children First’ and contribute to the campaign.