Anyone who has ever had the honour of representing their country at any international forum is well aware of the pressures and the exhilaration of such responsibilities, be it in sport, or in forums where ideas are exchanged.
Whilst I love it when our own athletes do well and win medals, it is no less exciting to see genuine champions from any country taking line honours.
My own favourite competitions are the distance races. My dad was a marathon runner in the 1930s, coming second twice in national marathons and having a very respectable level of victories in half marathons.
Needless to say, Michael Shelley's gold medal in the marathon, was a very sentimental win, but a great victory for Australia, particularly as he managed to out run Kenya's Stephen Chemlany, as well as Uganda's Abraham Kiplino.
Michael Shelley's win cannot help but have been inspired by Ballarat marathon runner Steve Monaghetti, who is also Chief de Mission, for the Aussie team at this year's Glasgow games. Monagetti won gold in the Commonwealth Games maraton of 1994, silver in 1990 and bronze in 1986.
No doubt this year's women's marathon was equally exciting, but sadly, I missed Channel 10s coverage of both the men's and women's events, due to the time differences and the fact that a schedule specific times for events is never published for the ease of sports fans.
That said, this years coverage, across both 10 and 1, as well as the capacity to view events via internet supported broadcasts through Channel 10 is an absolute genuine bonus, particularly for athletics fans and those of some of the less popular sports.
Australia's swimming team have done us especially proud with an enormous haul of medals from our young and upcoming new generation of swimmers.
Anna Mears, along with Stephany Morton and Matthew Gleatzer all did us proud in the cycling.
Clearly, Australia has many athletes to hail and revere, but bare in mind the efforts and heartbreak for those coming home without a medal. They too deserve our appreciation and celebration as well.
For any athlete to achieve at the highest of levels, the hours of training and sacrifices they make in relation to other aspects of their lives, reflects exceptional dedication and skill. So too the dedication of their families, coaches and sports clubs, who have urged them, nurtured their talents, and supported them along the bumpy road to success.
In Australia, we are lucky to have the Institute of Sport to support this process, but spare a thought from athletes in the smaller and often poorer of nations who have nothing but raw talent and determination to support them. That is one of the reasons that their victories often touch me even more deeply than that of Australia's athletes!
Whilst we may be trying to break our medal tally of previous games, just think of what it means for an athlete from Uganda, Papua New Guinea, or Grenada to bring home any sort of medal, let alone a gold?
Here's to all the athletes of the Commonwealth. May they take away the experience of international fellowship of the event, as much as success in their given discipline.
The world is a much bigger place than just Australia. Forging those international friendships and links between competitors is justification enough for the future of the Commonwealth Games, let alone the joy of the competitions and capacity to inspire greatness!
Congratulations to all the athletes and their extended support teams. You have done Australia and the Commonwealth proud!