"They weren't put off by being in a field of world champions or world record holders".
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Anne Underwood, accepted the movement's flag ahead of their hosting of the next version of the Games in 2022 and their segment of the closing ceremony reflected the diversity of the industrial British city.
"You're being way too polite", replied fellow commentator and former Commonwealth Games athlete, Johanna Griggs.
"Jenly has proven that Solomon Islands can compete at the worldwide level and especially at the highest level like the Commonwealth Games", Mr Rara said.
Gold Coast and Australia bid farewell to thousands of athletes, officials and visitors from overseas with a glittering and emotional ceremony.
"And people underestimate the Commonwealth Games", she continued.
In fact, it was the weightlifters who set the ball rolling with their best ever performance - the highlight of which was the absence of any doping suspicion.
"What a Games these have been". Swimmer Emma McKeon won more medals than any other athlete taking home six medals, four of them gold.
New Zealand rugby sevens captain Tim Mikkelson said watching the women's team beat Australia in the final had inspired the men to a 14-0 victory against Fiji. "I am able to read them very quickly", a giggling Mary Kom said at the end of her CWG campaign.
Vinesh Phogat's added another gold to India's tally.
The 35-year-old mother-of-three, who has five world titles and an Olympic bronze medal, is seen as a sporting icon not just in India but also in other countries.
"I don't really have any words". I'm furious - [it's] actually wrecking a tradition that is so important.
England's Helen Housby held her nerve to land a penalty on the siren and stun the heavily favored Australians 52-51 in the netball.
The hosts might have matched their record of 84 golds at the 2006 Melbourne Games but for a few upsets in the team events, two in dramatic fashion on the final day of competition. "It is odd playing a match against them, but you just have to go into it and do your best to win the match". It could have gone either way. "I don't know. It was pretty odd, but what do you do?"
This marks Sri Lanka's best performance at the Commonwealth games since the country won three medals at the 1950 empire games, the predecessor of the modern commonwealth games. Batra defeated Singapore's Yu Mengyu 4-0. "The emotions have been ridiculous this week", Willstrop said. "I'm so pleased to win bronze and it's a huge accomplishment for Declan and I". I have sparred with her so I knew her gameplan well. "I won this for the whole Malaysian badminton team". While the total number of medals did not change from Glasgow, the number of golds plummeted from 31 to 15.
"The people from the Gold Coast and Australians were proud to receive those games and we felt it".
Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy face Indian pair Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women's doubles gold medal match. "More information to be issued in due course". On the athletics track, England's sprint relay teams won double gold.
Sri Lanka's Hiruni Wijeyratne completed the marathon in 2 hours 49 minutes and 38 seconds, coming in 11.