Commonwealth Games 2014

The 20th Commonwealth Games have officially opened in Glasgow, and we have been to meet a few of our region's sporting hopefuls. Follow this story for all the latest on how our athletes are getting on at the games.

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Commonwealth win 'brought out Braveheart spirit' in Borders swimmer

Danny Wallace
Commonwealth champion Danny Wallace Credit: PA

Commonwealth champion Danny Wallace said winning in front of a home crowd 'really brought out the Braveheart spirit'.

The Borders swimmer yelled 'for freedom' after winning the 400M individual medley final.

He said: "Being here in front of a home crowd really brought out the Braveheart spirt and true Scot in me."

Gold for Borders swimmer Danny Wallace

Borders swimmer Danny Wallace has brought home the first Commonwealth gold medal for the region.

Danny Wallace won by 8/10 of a second in the final of the 400m individual medley in Glasgow this evening.

He was two seconds behind the leader at the end of the butterfly leg, but pulled through to become Commonwealth champion.

Danny Wallace
Commonwealth champion Danny Wallace Credit: PA

Netball: England beat Wales

Helen Housby made her international debut in women's netball at the Commonwealth Games today.

England beat UK rivals Wales 65 - 25 in their first match.

The 19-year-old, from Cumbria, came on towards the end of the match as a substitute.

“I’m delighted with the start. The first game always sets the tone for the tournament and I was really pleased. We had a good start and demonstrated patience in attack and I feel like everyone had a great impact.

“The atmosphere is amazing, we have a barmy army that has come to support us which is amazing, the girls really thrive off that.

"Glasgow have been so welcoming, and we’re just to build day by day and I genuinely believe this will be the best England side there has ever been.”

– Anna Mayes, England Netball Coach


Commonwealth Games: Day two

Our regions hopefuls compete for their countries in day two of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

  • Daniel Wallace from Duns in the 1st heat of the men's 400m individual medley
  • Badminton player Lauren Smith from Longtown will play New Jersey in the women's doubles
  • Helen Housby from Cumbria is competing for Engalnd in the netball against Wales
  • Stuart Airey and the England bowls team play Austrailia

Dumfries GP swaps medicine for marathons

The marathon is the first of the athletics events to take place at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with two of the runners representing Scotland from Dumfries and Galloway.

One of them in particular has had an interesting journey up to the Commonwealth Games - with Joasia swapping her day job as a GP to compete in the marathon this Sunday.

Hannah McNulty spoke to them in Kilmarnock yesterday to see how they were getting on.

If you want to see Joasia and Ross take on the marathons, watch the games on Sunday morning.

Borders swimming star to compete in 400m freestyle

Our region's first athlete is in action today at the Commonwealth Games as the Borders' Daniel Wallace swims in the 400m freestyle heat.

Daniel Wallace is a swimmer originally from the Borders
Daniel Wallace is swimming in todays 400m freestyle heat Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Daniel went to Chirnside Primary school and Duns Swimming club where he first started his swimming career.

He has since moved to East Lothian and travelled to the US to study.

Watch his performance and see how he gets on at 11am.

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