Posts Tagged Paralympics

Last Hurrah

Towards the end of the Paralympics Closing Ceremony, I felt a soar throat coming on. Was most annoyed as I really had planned to stay out all night for the after party. But sensing that my body was calling for rest, I went home. However, the next day, I dragged myself to the Greatest Team Parade for Team GB and Paralympics GB. It would be the last hurrah for London 2012 and so I wanted/needed to be there. Particularly as I’d gotten a ticket to be in The Mall with the other volunteers. Thankfully, it was a glorious day and […]

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I Am What I Am

One of the more emotional aspects of the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony came at the end were we Audience Leaders coached the audience to accompany those on the Field of Play/Stage to sign I Am What I Am. Writen by Mark Owens and originally sung by Gloria Gaynor back in the early 1980s, during the ceremony I Am What I Am was performed by Beverly Knight who did an amazing job. You can watch her outstanding and heartfelt rendition below. The wonderful lyrics are as follows: I am what I am I am my own special creation So come […]

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Our Greatest Team Parade

Being a Volunteer Performer in all four London 2012 Ceremonies has been good for me. Not only have I gotten to see these historical events in their entirety, live and in person while interacting with the audience, but I’ve also met lots of wonderful people from across the UK and globe — some of whom will be lifelong friends. My involvement has also been good as it has helped to keep my spirits up. How so? Well while I have not mentioned it before, this has been a particularly difficult summer for me professionally. You see my client who convinced […]

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London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony: Interesting Facts

Here are some interesting facts about the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony: 62,000 apples for the audience to crunch 18,000 LED lights in the performers’ hat brims 4,200 athletes invited 3,250 volunteer cast members 442 people in the singing and signing choir 260 whirling dancers 165 nations taking part — the largest number in Paralympic history 150 volunteer readers 106 rehearsals at two east London sites 85 average hours each volunteer rehearsed for 80 age of oldest cast member 75 child volunteers 73 deaf and disabled performers 68 disabled volunteers 50 seagull books 45 inflatable apples 23 sway poles — […]

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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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