It's a Personal Journey that is Celebrated by 1000s says David Carry

Date: 10/06/2013

David Carry has not only represented Scotland in the pool at three Olympic Games but also three Commonwealth Games, collecting two gold medals and a silver in 2006 at Melbourne. Carry retired after the 2012 London Olympics and no longer packs his trunks and goggles when heading to the pool, instead a notepad and pen in his new role with Red Sky Management and on the Board of Directors for Scottish Swimming.

Helping Glasgow 2014 to launch their public ticketing programme in May, he revealed that retirement as been a difficult transition, particularly with the 2014 Commonwealth Games being held in his home country and said: "I must admit to the first pangs of wishing I was going to be on poolside to compete at Glasgow 2014, however I know my fleeting moments of being welcomed like a hero, cheered like a gladiator and celebrated like a rock star are now gone! But they are moments that I will never forget!"

Carry went on to reminisce of two personal past achievements: "The first highlight was the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games when I won the 400 freestyle. It was a major personal achievement that culminated in me standing on the podium, watching the Saltire flag being raised half way around the other side of the world."

However that was only the visible end result of the journey. A personal journey that had taken years, helped by 100s of people and celebrated by 1000s.

"Sharing such a personal moment of triumph with such a vast number of people was a very special moment. It was a festival feeling created by the passionate and knowledgeable crowd there in Melbourne."

"I was so fortunate to be part of a team that saw six Scottish flags being raised in the pool and six renditions of Scotland the Brave, each accompanied by 1000s of hand clapping adopted Scots! Those events may now be confined to the archives of YouTube, but they'll live long in the memories of all those that made the journey to Melbourne, each supporter helping to power the performances of the athletes, all swimming on the wave of the incredible atmosphere."

"The second moment was the first day of London 2012, walking out for my final of my 400 freestyle and the walk from being announced to my block before the Olympic final was the proudest moment of my swimming life. That moment represented everything I had dreamt, achieving a dream of mine that at many points throughout my career, I simply didn't think I was going to achieve. Again the personal moment of pride was greeted with a wall of noise creating a verbal guard of honour."

"Although the audience didn't know my personal journey I had gone through to achieve my moment of satisfaction, the support did show me, through the volume and passion of adulation, they could appreciate what it meant to me."

"The amazing thing that I discovered later was hearing the impact my personal journey had on others. And I could certainly understand those feelings."

Reflecting on the London Olympic Games, Carry went on to say: "Standing on poolside, losing my voice cheering on Michael Jamieson down the last length of the 200m breaststroke, feeling the stadium shake as Mo Farah ran round the final bend of his 5k and being there to watch Sir Chris Hoy claim his 6th Olympic gold medal, all moments that will live with me for evermore. I know what is like to be there when news is made, the buzz, the excitement the stories you can tell afterwards."

With Glasgow 2014 now just around the corner, Carry continued: "You just have to be part of Scotland's biggest show and take this opportunity to be part of moments of drama, excitement and celebration providing a lifetime of memories and be there when the news is made at Glasgow 2014."

You can follow David on Twitter @davidcarry