As the Commonwealth Games have come to an end, Andy Ellis reflects on his time in Glasgow.
"So the Glasgow Commonwealth Games came to an end on Sunday and I can’t quite believe it! The whole two weeks was an absolute roller coaster of emotions!
So many ups and downs that I am sure I will not feel again for some time. With utter joy turning into utter despair, I would firstly like to say that Team England badminton went with an aim of getting three medals and we nearly doubled that as we took home five in the end.
The team silver was amazing and I must give credit to Raj. He is a great friend and what he sacrificed for the team to medal I will never forget. Badminton is not a team sport I must stress this, but whilst we were at the Games we became united as one massive team, with all other sports involved too.
And when Raj lost his games (all three were 19 in the third game) and didn't medal individually I almost shed a tear for him.
As I said it was a roller coaster. I kind of knew how he was feeling later in the week too, as Chris and I failed to win an individual medal in the men's doubles.
The whole two weeks will stay in my memory for a long time. I made amazing new friends with some of the squash boys that we shared our house with. Team England also went to Scotland and topped the medal table the first time in 28 years! What a great achievement.
After all the competing we went for a team meal to celebrate our achievements in Glasgow. We bettered what was brought back from Delhi and that is what it is about- improving! So I would like to thank Adrian, our Chief Executive, for organising the meal.
Thanks also to the whole team of coaches and support staff who were up there with us, they were truly amazing and I thank them for all the memories they have given me.
It's now time to put my joy and disappointment to one side, as I have the World Championships in two weeks and I have to right some things.
Thank you for all your support throughout the Games. I hope you have enjoyed the insight into my journey.
Until next time"
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