Sunday, July 22, 2012

6 days and counting...

Hard to believe... in 6 days I will start my first shift as an Olympic GamesMaker!!! For the uninitiated, GamesMakers are the volunteers helping out at the London2012 Olympics.

Considering I've wanted to do this ever since London won the bid 7 years ago, it feels like the last days are simply too much to bear. Having had training spread out over a few months, picking up my uniform and making contact with my future GamesMaker colleagues, it's now almost unbearable to sit and wait for another few days for the Games to start.

And whilst the media in the UK has been annoyingly negative (let's face it, are they ever anything but that???), it hasn't dampened my spirits or those of everyone else involved who have worked so hard to make this happen. I wish the UK would understand how to better take pride in themselves but they just can't. Nevermind, I'm here to make up for that :) I'm plenty proud of everything that has been achieved so far and whilst there are plenty of imperfections everywhere, these Games will KICK ASS!!!

Seeing as the weather is now 'supposedly' getting better, I believe we will be on for an amazing two weeks of Olympics and hopefully an even more amazing two weeks of Paralympics.

I will be based at Eton Dorney lake, which is where the Rowing and Canoe Sprint events are - having seen the venue only under a deluge of rain, I can't say anything much about it yet.

I'm hyper and so excited to get started already! I'm not sure whether I'll remember to post here and tell all about my adventures during the Games but I shall do my best to give a quick overview at some point. If all else fails, I shall report once it is all over.

In my heart of hearts, I have always waited for an opportunity to reclaim the most magical time of my life: Expo 2000. Without a doubt, that was the best time of my life and being part of the UK pavilion was the most rewarding and special thing I have ever done. Yes, the Olympics/Paralympics are only two weeks long each (Expo 2000 was almost 6 months) but I figure it has huge potential to become just as special. And even if it never reaches the love I've had for my time at Expo, I will always be able to say I've had the pleasure to be part of something so incredibly unique and special for the rest of my life. Not something many people can claim for sure.

Oh and if you have tickets for Eton Dorney - look for the maniacally grinning woman scanning your tickets or pointing you to your seat. It might be me! :D