Channel 10 sports commentator Mel McLaughlin.
Channel 10 sports commentator Mel McLaughlin. Network Ten

Mel McLaughlin enjoys challenge of covering Glasgow for Ten

ALL eyes are on Glasgow now that the Commonwealth Games are underway.

Our own Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony, crowning what already appears to be a successful Games for Australia's elite athletes.

"I've been to Edinburgh but there's obviously a bit of rivalry with Glasgow," Ten Sports commentator Mel McLaughlin told APN.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. Scottish people are good fun, and that helps make a Games."

McLaughlin travelled straight from the World Cup in Brazil to front Ten's round-the-clock coverage of the event.

It's a busy year for the presenter, who also helmed Ten's exclusive coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Glasgow Games sees more than 6500 athletes from 70 countries compete in 17 sports over 11 days.

"You've got to be across a lot of things, but I really do enjoy that part," she said.

"In Sochi I learned that I love a challenge. If you're a sports fan then you want to learn more; it's not a chore. Getting across from one event to another and having a random athlete thrown at you - I love that."

Ten spreads its Commonwealth Games coverage across its main channel, ONE, and eight digital channels on its Ten Play website.

"I can't wait to see the Aussie women play netball," McLaughlin said.

"The netballers haven't won gold for years, so they're hungry."

McLaughlin hopes to see a resurgence of the embattled Australian swimming team, and she has the country's most decorated Olympian, Ian Thorpe, by her side in the studio to recap the action in the pool.

After just one day of competition the Aussie swimmers indeed appear to be making a strong comeback.

"Swimming will be an interesting battle," she said.

"The swimming team wants to prove a point that they are going about things differently. They're definitely on their way back."

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games air daily on Channel 10 and ONE.


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