Edmonton's Commonwealth team leaves Glasgow enthused

Mayor Don Iveson waves during the K-Days Parade in downtown Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, July 18,...

Mayor Don Iveson waves during the K-Days Parade in downtown Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, July 18, 2014. Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

The Lord Mayor of Edmonton, as Don Iveson has been referred to here fairly frequently by various voting delegates, is headed home in a state somewhere between enthused and intoxicated from his Commonwealth Games experience.

And that has nothing to do with his brushes with royalty in meeting Princes William and Harry as well as Duchess of Cambridge Kate.

“I think we've surprised people with the seriousness of our bid and I think we've been successful in impressing the delegates with our message that our desire is to strengthen not only the Commonwealth Games going forward but the Commonwealth itself,” said Iveson in his final day here Saturday.

“I think they could all see that we're not just serious about it but we're passionate.”

Mayor Iveson said something happened in the other direction, too, as the 23-member Edmonton bid group experienced the exceedingly well-orchestrated and well-attended Glasgow show in which athletes from all nations were embraced by Scotland, both in the stadium and throughout the city.


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