August 2, 2012 by Helen Blake
Futurecurve’s Mary Pasby volunteered to be an Olympic Games Maker and she’s having an incredible time working with the Protocol team (i.e. working with Sports Ministers from around the world). Here’s her report from Day 5 of the Games, August 1st.
“There is a fantastic buzz when you travel around London right now. There are visitors from so many countries and all with one purpose – to support their athletes at the Games. They range from the Lithuanians wrapped in their flag, to the Mongols in their amazing national dress and then, of course, the mass of Team GB support.
Wearing the volunteer Games Maker uniform means you are a magnet for visitor enquiries that range from ‘Is the cycle race coming past here?’ to ‘How can I get to the Olympic Park?’. Yesterday I was asked where someone could buy the trainers that have been issued to everyone involved with the Games (and I have to say they have been really comfortable). Apparently, they are a special edition Fluid trainer and adidas’ most sustainable shoe ever, with design innovations and recycled and sustainable content throughout the entire shoe.
Last night I was at The Copper Box, which is the venue for the Handball competition, and the atmosphere inside is absolutely fantastic – a real family event and no empty seats! The games are fast and dynamic which is great for spectators and they certainly know how to raise the roof!
The unexpected thing about the Olympics for me is the large numbers of families with young children visiting. I know one of the 2012 slogans is ‘inspire a generation’ but it really is and I witnessed if today. As the GB Basketball team made their way into the venue, (nicknamed ‘the mattress’), for their afternoon game, one of the ‘stars’ Mike Lenzly had his photo taken with a number of children on his way in and they were absolutely thrilled.
Walking through the Olympic Park there is a lot to see and there is ‘pop-up’ entertainment for everyone to enjoy – the Coca Cola Beat Box Pavilion is a really popular stop for visitors and the queues are well entertained so the wait does not feel so bad. The design of this building is stunning and once inside visitors can create their own beat for London 2012 by remixing the sounds of Olympic sports, captured by music producer Mark Ronson
There are some volunteers in the Park who don’t have to wear uniform! The four legged kind, here are a couple of fabulous horses on duty but enjoying a bit of fuss from visitors.”
I’ll be back with more Games reports as the Olympics continue. Hope you’re enjoying them as much as all we volunteers are!”
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