After the Spectacular opening seremony the Olympics started for real and I was then employed in ferrying around all of the family to various venues in their support for different events i.e. Greenwich Park – Eventing, Greenwich Arena – Gymnastics, Excel – Boxing, Aquatic Centre – Swimming, Riverbank Arena – Hockey and finally the main event the Olympic Stadium on many occasions. Also I took my client to several meetings around the City and was fortunate enough to be invited along with him to the Media centre in the Olympic Park whereby he was interviewed live on Sky Sports alongside Darren Campbell and this was preceded by an interview by Ed Moses.
It was now my second day off and my partner Sally and friends were meeting me in London to attend the Beach Volley Ball at Horse Guard Parade with tickets that we had managed to be allotted in the ticket allocation process. The £20 tickets were worth the view of London alone, from left to right we could see Nelson’s Column, St.Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, the Millennium Wheel, and the Houses of Parliament and to top it all Downing Street as a backdrop behind us – Wow!
Once the Athletics started on Friday August 3rd my client was at the Stadium most days and whilst waiting for him I was in the position to witness most of the major events on the athletics field i.e. Super Saturday where the three Brits won Gold Medals, Jessica Ennis in her final event the 1500 metres, Greg Rutherford with his amazing jump over 8 metres and Mo Farah in the 10,000 metres the Stadium was electric that night.
The following night was the long awaited 100 metres, with Usain Bolt, would he retain his title? There was deathly silence at the beginning and when the starting pistol fired the roof came off the Stadium and the result is now history. Previously that morning I dropped my client off to the Mall where he was presenting the medals to the winners of the Women’s Marathon, significantly his compatriot athlete from Namibia came a commendable 12th. He also presented the gold medal to our long jump champion Greg Rutherford that evening.
Thursday the 9th August was the night of the 800 metre final when I witnessed the Kenyan athlete produce a world record performance plus the clean sweep by the Jamaicans in the 200 metre sprint whereby again my client had the honour of presenting the medals.
The excitement and drama was not yet over in the Stadium on Saturday 11th August we had Mo Farah back completing the double by winning the 5000 metres and an electrifying climax to the athletics with the Jamaicans smashing the 100 metre relay world record – another unforgettable moment of my time as a Games Maker.
The closing ceremony beckoned and all the cars had to be back at base by 3.00 pm as coach transport would take all delegates to the ceremony. I relaxed back at my sister’s house in West Norwood, South London where I was based for the Games watching the ceremony on the T.V whereby I saw my client and his wife sitting just above Princess Anne and her husband in the stands.
My final duties involved me driving my clients to the airport the next day and final farewells to my Games Maker experience which was at times Intimidating, Stressful, Exhausting but overall Very Enjoyable and definitely a once in a life time experience.