Archive for the Olympics Category

London 2012 Paralympics: Opening Ceremony

I am beyond spoilt with all the London 2012 events I’ve participated in or attended. Last night was the Opening Ceremony for the Paralympics. Once again I repeated my role as Audience Leader. That meant at various stages throughout the show, I was interacting with the audience this time in Section 244 getting them to dance or do various other cues to bring about further engagement with the show. I’ll be honest and say that this show didn’t have the intensity for me as the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics which was much more theatrical but it was beyond amazing […]

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Overcoming Olympic Withdrawal Syndrome

I am experiencing Olympics Withdrawal Syndrome – not just because I was a volunteer performer during the Opening & Closing Ceremonies, but also because I got to attend a few events; quite a few in fact. How was that possible when everyone kept screaming about the lack of available tickets? Well luck really! I had applied during the initial ballot and was successful in gaining tickets for: Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round, Men’s 3M Springboard Diving – Final and Women’s Football/Soccer – Final. As I had gotten 4 tickets to each event, I took different lots of friends. And through […]

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Flag Bearer for Country 194

My participation in the London 2012 Opening & Closing Ceremonies as a Mechanical/Audience Leader was beyond amazing. I met lots of interesting people from all walks of life and got to perform before an audience of 80,000+. I quote this figure and not the television audience figures of 3 billion+ for each Ceremony as I didn’t make it on TV. Our group performed and interacted with the audience to keep them entertained and involved at various stages throughout the Ceremonies, however as we were not on the Field of Play, much of this wasn’t shown on TV; well not at […]

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London 2012 Olympics: Closing Ceremony

The London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony was incredible. It wasn’t as emotional as the Opening Ceremonies but had a good time nonetheless despite the fact that I was a bit nervous. Why? Well we didn’t have much time to rehearse. Actually, truth be told the only rehearsal pre show day for the Mechanicals was cancelled as we needed to be in the stadium. Of course that wasn’t possible as the athletics were still in play. Then on show day, we had an abbreviated rehearsal. But hey, our group were now pros and so we winged it! Beyond interacting with my […]

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Gabby Douglas: The Flying Squirrel

The London 2012 Olympics are in full swing and I’ve tried to watch as much of the events as possible. Particularly as BBC has 20+ channels so you don’t have to stay committed to what’s being broadcast on the main channel. So this afternoon decided to watch gymnasts. Really, I wanted to see Gabby Douglas known as “The Flying Squirrel” compete during the Artistic Gymnastics women’s Individual All-Around final. She and the other girls on the American team that won Gold had done brilliantly, and so wanted to see if she would shine during the individual final. She didn’t disappoint. […]

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