Lesley MacDonald’s Commonwealth Games Diary

Scottish netball team captain Lesley MacDonald with Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde at Scotstoun Stadium. Pic: John Devlin
Scottish netball team captain Lesley MacDonald with Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde at Scotstoun Stadium. Pic: John Devlin

Week 1 - A journey that started back in primary school

I have represented Scotland for 16 years and this will be the first time I will have had the honour of representing Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

I first started playing netball at Capshard Primary School. Thankfully the school encouraged everyone to be involved in sport.

They had great teachers and parents to support the huge lunchtime and after school programme.

Sport for me at this time was about friends, learning new skills and fun, -three things that would remain with me throughout my netball.

From Capshard I moved up to Kirkcaldy High School and this is when I first experienced international netball.

I had tremendous role models during this time, who strived to provide knowledge and guidance and had a huge influence on what path my life would take. From PE teachers, club and district coaches, and none more so than my family.

They have all supported me, but my mum and dad are my ultimate heroes who have supported me immensely throughout my career.

I am fortunate to now work in sports, providing the same opportunities I received to young budding sport enthusiasts.

This will hopefully provide them with the same spark I felt when I was first introduced into sport.

Netball has allowed me to travel the world – New Zealand, South Africa, Jamaica, Barbados, Singapore to name a few.

My best friends are those who I stand shoulder to shoulder with on court.

We know how much it means to each other, the sacrifices we have given, the missed birthdays, evenings out or special occasions and the early morning gym sessions.

We supported each other through the lows but also will forever remember the ultimate high of elite sport.

I have had the privilege of representing my country 121 times, however the Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle event for any netballer and I am hugely honoured to captain the team at their first games.

There are 21 days to go until the opening ceremony, but still a lot of preparation to go before our first match against St Lucia on Friday, July 25.

So please follow my journey over the next few weeks through my new column in the Fife Free Press, my home town newspaper.

There is also a chance to get to know the Scottish Thistles netball team this Sunday when BBC2 screens Game, Net & Match – a documentary of our journey over last two years. It starts at 9.00 p.m.

Be sure to check it out!

Twitter: @lesleymac6