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Proud Clyde-sider and East End champion shares her Games experience

Fiona Sullivan, Clyde-sider

P.E. teacher and sports fan Fiona Sullivan has been a champion of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in her school, her community and beyond. Here she tells us about her inspiring Commonwealth Games journey.

What a year 2014 has been thus far for St Mungo's Academy Learning Community pupils, staff and myself personally.

A year of Commonwealth celebrations and projects including a welcome film for Commonwealth athletes and visitors, a Learning Community song by East 40 called Let The Games Begin which was taken on by UNICEF, and the Commonwealth celebration night for all 9 St Mungo's Schools which was the perfect build up to the Commonwealth Games finally arriving in Glasgow and in particular the East End.

It was an honour to be fully involved in Glasgow 2014 as one of the 15,000 Clyde-sider volunteers. My role in Sport Information saw me supporting squash teams and athletes within the Athletes’ Village and at the Scotstoun venue. It was fantastic to meet athletes, coaches and managers from a wide variety of Commonwealth countries and assist them to perform to the best of their ability and to enjoy the Games.

The Athletes’ Village had an amazing atmosphere, with a constant buzz of excitement everywhere you went. It truly was the friendly games with everyone from Clyde-siders to police/security and Glasgow 2014 organisers working hard to ensure all Commonwealth visitors settled in to Village life.

My personal highlights were the Welcome Ceremony for Team New Zealand. This involved a fun and lively performance from the National Youth Theatre and a welcome speech from Gold medal gymnast Steve Frew. I was also delighted be in the Athletes’ Village to see East 40 perform Let the Games Begin. It was a truly fantastic performance thanks to all the hard work of our learning community primary schools and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Sir Chris Hoy thoroughly enjoyed the show. Through the St Mungo's Commonwealth Welcome Film I also got the chance with colleagues and pupils to meet Lord David Puttnam and the Lord provost to show our film. This was an amazing opportunity for two of our young people to meet a truly inspiring gentleman who has worked hard in the film industry as well as with his current education and charity work.

I participated in the Youth Millennium Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 2000 and since playing hockey at this event I have always had a love of the friendly Commonwealth Games! I looked forward to Glasgow 2014 for 7 years from the moment the host city was announced. Meeting new friendly faces from all corners of the Commonwealth and catching up with Scottish team-mates and friends made this a two weeks I will never forget!

I now hope we can continue this journey in Glasgow's East End inspiring our young people to get active and continue to work together so well as a community with renewed pride in our home city.