Hearing the Hampden roar at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will make all the training worthwhile

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The night I took silver in the T12 100m at the London Olympics was one of the best nights of my life and I’m desperate to go one better in Glasgow.

My brother James had taken bronze in swimming just before my race and the spine-tingling atmosphere spurred me on.

That night will live long in the memory for me and my family but Glasgow could provide the chance to go one better and take gold.

Standing on the podium with my guide runner Mikail Huggins and hearing the Hampden Roar would reassure me that all those horrible hours of training in the middle of winter were worth it.

What a moment that would be. Every ounce of energy I have put into training for months has been geared towards that goal.

I have the degenerative eye condition Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy, which means I have only peripheral vision in my left eye.

I was born in England but it was only after moving from Cheshire to attend the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh in 2002 that I got fully involved in disability sport.

It’s incredible how far I’ve come. Everybody I speak to across the country seems to be buzzing for what is hopefully going to be a successful games for Team Scotland.

I can’t wait to be a part of the whole spectacle.


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