When the logo was released I was puzzled, when the mascots were announced I laughed, I questioned just how much money had been spent on the games, I’d roll my eyes when I saw merchandise in the shops and I vowed to go no where near London during the summer of 2012.
Even when Has switched over to watch the opening ceremony I tutted and asked if there was “anything else on” but I sat down to watch and as the ceremony unfolded I was astounded. I kept repeating over and over “This is amazing!” From that moment on I was hooked!
Desperate to be involved in any way, we went to see Great Britain play Canada in the women’s Football and even though they lost, the atmosphere during the entire game was fantastic!
Has was able to visit the Olympic Park to watch Handball and Volleyball during the Olympics, whilst I had to work but promised he would take me to the Paralympics.
So last Sunday and this Saturday we left our flat, more than a little blurry eyed at 5.30am and made the 2 and a half hour journey down the Epping.
The moment we stepped off the train at Stratford you could feel the excitement. The Olympic Park is simply outstanding. I’m not sure what I expected but it’s like nothing I have ever experienced before. I know it’s been said before but the volunteers in and around the Park are amazing. They are all so helpful, cheerful and so welcoming. Dancing, singing and hi-fiving. They have all been brilliant.
Our first visit included 3 hours of swimming. A moment I while never forget was watching a Team GB swimmer come from behind to win the the 100m x4 men’s relay race. The noise from the stadium was unbelievable! Everyone was on their feet shouting and cheering. We turned to each other, completely blown away by the atmosphere in the Aquatics Centre and wondered what it would have been like if the race were for an actual medal!
That day we also saw South Africa take on Italy in the Men’s Basketball and 3 matches of our new favourite Paralymic Sport Goal Ball.
Saturday we spent the morning inside the Olympic Stadium, where we saw heat races, triple jump, javelin, shot put and very moving medal ceremonies.
As we left our seats and made our way out of the Olympic Stadium, we couldn’t help but feel a little sad. We didn’t want to leave and we certainly didn’t want it to be over. I have enjoyed ever single second of the Olympic and Paralympic games, watching the country come together to celebrate, feeling a part of something so grand and embracing the emotions of the athletes.
It’s been a wonderful summer and I am incredible proud for what our country has achieved and… I have also been won over by another little guy…