Craig Howieson spent more time signing autographs and posing for photographs than playing table tennis on the opening day of individual events at Scotstoun Sports Campus.
The Edinburgh PE teacher easily won his preliminary group – beating Rob Dorovolomo from the Solomon Islands 11-4, 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 and Andre Freeman, a 20-year-old Information Technology teacher from St Kitts and Nevis, 11-4, 11-2, 11-2, 11-1.
But he is also aware of the bigger picture as his sport seeks to take full advantage of the spotlight that the Commonwealth Games offers.
“We don’t get many people coming to watch very often so we want to take the opportunity to try and inspire as many young kids as we can,” he said.
“If that means hanging about for 20 minutes afterwards, then I’m absolutely willing to do it.”
Scottish No. 1 Gavin Rumgay has been seeded 15 and goes straight into tomorrow’s main draw.