Tuesday 14th August 2012
The curtains have now fallen on the Athletes village today, so it is with sadness that I send my last blog. We have now cleared out all of the apartments that the GB Athletes have called home, some since the 16th July..
All the GB Olympic branding has been taken down, keys have all been handed now in the as all the Athletes departed yesterday.
Many went back home on the Buses that were provided for them, or some got the train. This was a superbly executed operation that went surprisingly smoothly, especially as most of these Athletes had only gotten a couple of hours sleep following the party the night before. There were also those that were catching flights aboard…
By 12.30PM on Monday we had waved off the last of the Athletes, ensuring they had water, limited Edition Coca Cola bottles and of course Cadbury Chocolate, Wine Gums and Chocolate Éclairs, which put the smile of every person leaving. We were thanked over and over again from Athletes to Team officials for an outstanding job we did of taking care of their needs.
All our 2 years in preparing for the roles we were given to do for the 2012 London Olympics were now well and truly over. I myself feel blessed and grateful for the opportunity of firstly working with the most enviable GB Team, and secondly being selected as someone to lead a team of 12 Gamesmakers in helping make this a success. I was given a beautiful bottle of champagne with a Great Britain Sleeve by the GB Team.
The memories I will take from this are everlasting, the pride I still feel is so deep. Friends and Family will ask me what my best moment was? and I will simply say, every day was special….
To work for a Company who helped make this dream and burning desire happen for me, the people who supported my absence from work for this length of time, as well as my Line Manager who ensured I had all the support and cover I needed while away I thank them from the bottom of my heart…
Not only have I had the time of my life whilst working here in the Village, I get to take away additional skills that I can use going forward.
I hope you have enjoyed following me on this epic journey and it gave you a taste of what it was like to fulfil the role as a London 2012 Gamesmakers.
Last words from me is, here’s to a very successful Paralympics, wishing all our GB Paralympians every success and I cannot wait to watch it in 2 weeks’ time.
Looking forward to RIO already!!!