Commonwealth countdown

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EXCITEMENT is building with Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games less than a year away as of this week.

Clarkston’s Susan Egelstaff, a now-retired badminton star who competed in both the Commonwealth and Olympic games, celebrated the milestone at Chris Hoy’s Breakfast of Champions on Tuesday.

Susan, a Commonwealth Games bronze medalist who also claimed seven international titles during her career, told The Extra: “Glaswegians are so friendly, the city will create a great atmosphere. The venues are almost complete and everything is on track.

“For an athlete that is good and is in stark contrast to the last minute panic of Delhi.

“Nobody has been officially selected yet — it’s still stressful and high pressure. Nobody should take anything for granted, as everyone will want to qualify so much.It takes over your whole life.”

The sports star added: “The tickets are affordable and will give lots of people an opportunity to see live sport.

“Minority sports will have jam-packed stadiums so it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many athletes.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council, added: “We are determined to put on the greatest show that we can.

“Glasgow has a huge amount to offer to our visitors, and coming to the city next summer is sure to attract many people for what will be a time to remember.”