The Commonwealth Games differ radically from their Olympic and Paralympic counterparts in that there’s no Team GB as such.
Instead, the home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), the Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey) and the Isle of Man each field teams in their own right.
Not only is this great for the athletes as it increases their chance of selection but it also enhances the games experience for the country as a whole. Let’s face it – nothing forges competitive spirit quite like a little friendly rivalry between former teammates.
England drew first blood in the battle for home advantage by taking gold and bronze in the Women’s triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park yesterday morning, finishing the day on top of the medals table. But hosts Scotland are already nipping at their heels with 10 medals in the bank and more expected today. Wales and Northern Ireland are currently in possession of one medal a piece (silver and bronze, respectively).
So come on Teams Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man! Your time is now.