London 2012 Olympic Games
I have been really fortunate to attend four different events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. After the bitter disappointment of missing out in the first two public ballots, I struck lucky at the third one and secured tickets to the Velodrome for track cycling.Â That was then followed immediately by a fantastic and unexpected email from my work.
I have been project managing the London 2012 Young Leaders Programme, where we supported the development of 100 inspirational young people over a two year period to enable them to be Games Maker volunteers at London 2012. That led to me receiving tickets to the men’s individual diving platform finals featuring Tom Daley, and the opportunity to purchase tickets for the start of the women’s heptathlon competitionÂ featuring Jessica Ennis.
And to top it off, I then found out that at work we were inviting some guests to the men’s individual all-round gymnastics finals at the North Greenwich Arena (aka the O2).
I’ve posted all theÂ pictures on flickr, but here’s a slideshow of highlights.
London 2012 has made me really proud of our country. We have organised incredible festivals of sport and cultureÂ that have made people think and feel differently about the UK. The opening ceremony was thought-provoking, emotional and uplifting. We have had superb, funny and welcoming volunteers helping visitors to have the best possible experience, and barriers have been broken down between the police, the military and the general public. Not to mention the massive regeneration of a run-down area of London.
Well done to everyone involved!
Postscript: As I was attending the diving finals, I received news that one of my cousins had just passed away whilst competing in an Ironman triathlon event in New York. We don’t yet know the cause of death, but it is a tragedy for Andy and his family.