Kirkcaldy’s Lesley MacDonald, Team Scotland’s netball captain, rounds off her Commonwealth Games diary ...
The last few weeks I can quite easily say have been the best of my life.
I am extremely honoured and privileged to have led this team through its first ever Commonwealth Games.
It has been a rollercoaster of heartache when we lost to Northern Ireland to miss out on our target of eight, to euphoria when we pulled ourselves back to finish ninth with a win over Trinidad and Tobago.
My feeling of absolute pride is dedicated to my team mates. These athletes have delivered a legacy.
Hayley Mulheron, Fiona Themann, Rachel Forbes and June McNeill formed a defensive quartet that put the top nations in the world under pressure.
The middies of Fiona Moore, Claire Brownie, Sam Murphy and Karin Connell formed the mid-court of speed, power and are simply court craft geniuses.
With special mention to Kaz Connell who received her 100th cap for Scotland during the tournament, which is truly phenomenal.
And last but not least the super shooters of Gemma Sole, young Jo Pettitt and Lynsey Gallagher who take the pressure and put it into one simple shot again and again and again is pure class.
Legacy is always talked about and I truly believe this team has contributed hugely to the legacy of the sport which they have dedicated their life too.
A team so determined to show Scotland the truth of netball - the athleticism, the power, the speed, the accuracy.
To change people’s perception of the sport, to showcase and inspire not only the next generation but to inspire people to reignite their love of the sport.
The Games are over but now the journey begins to continue to build the legacy the team have started.