I was fortunate enough to be a gamesmaker in the velodrome during the London 2012 olympics. I had applied for velodrome tickets but unfortunately didn’t get any, so when I learnt where I would be volunteering I was happily stunned. The whole experience was amazing and one I hope that I won’t forget. I worked in the press tribune which was were the printed press (newspapers) worked from that was on the home straight.
10 things that I hope I will never forget
- Getting access to the quiet velodrome before sessions
- The dry heat of the velodrome.
- The running up and down the stairs in gamesmaker uniform in the dry heat of the velodrome
- The feeling when they opened the doors at end of the session. You couldn’t see that the doors had opened but you could feel it.
- The mexican wave of clapping that followed the riders around the velodrome
- Chris Hoy with his head bowed as he stood behind the podium about to receive his 3rd gold
- Cheekily enquiring if they needed extra help for the final track session. I wasn’t scheduled to work and with the gold medals of the men’s keirin, women’s omnion and women’s sprints I knew that it would be a busy session and I wanted to be there. If you don’t ask you don’t get
- The do-or-die attitude of the BMX. There were two crashes on the time trails alone, definitely not the sport for me
- The people who I met, whether it was my fellow press-ops gamesmakers or the random people on the tube
- That I was there