So expectations aside, it was not a bad meet.  I got a silver and a bronze in the 50 and the 100 breaststroke respectively, new national record in the 200 ( .4 of a second off 3rd place) and JAMAICA SWIMMINGS’ first commonwealth meet record.

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So if we look at it like that, then yes, it was a successful meet. (Expectations aside of course.)
     I could not be more grateful to have these fantastic lovely people here to support me.

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During my ups and downs, I am grateful beyond words, that my family could be here with me.

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(Jessie with the 100br bronze medal)
Also to have Jessie and Mrs. Marsh here as well, to cheer on the Jamaica team was truly ‘brilliant’. I have to use up all my English terms before I leave the U.K.
Well this was a learning meet, and as they say, if you stop learning then your 6 feet under.
I guess, even though I have been at these meets for over a decade, I am still a novice. I say that because it is still new to me, semi-finals, finals, top seed, etz. Its not as easy as the athletes make it seem on the television. I am still new at succeeding and because of that I faltered a bit.
Up-sides. I arrived back at  the village to see these lovely men beating down some nice scottish beats. They were good and clearly enjoying themselves. 

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The smoothie bar was exceptional. The first villiage to ever have a ‘make it yourself’ smoothie spot.

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The villiage rooms consited of single rooms, double, triple or like ours quadruple beds. We were on the third floor and let’s say those stairs started to hurt pretty quickly.

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I had the privilege to test drive Speedo’s  new bright orange-ish goggles. They are fantastic by the way.

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I got to see many men in kilts, but this one in particular was playing the bag pipes. However, this trip would not have been as fun as it was without these lovely people.

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It was truly a fun experience to have a team and to be a part of a swim team that is pushing and moving foward.
All in all this was a good trip. Life lessons learnt, experiences had, moments shared and memories shalt not be forgotten.

Until we meet again.
A.Atkinson

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