Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Paralympics

I went to the Paralympics last night to watch some swimming events. I have never been to an international swim meet before, so was unsure what to expect. The one thing that will live long in my memory is the screaming and shouting that came from the audience especially when Ellie Simmonds won Gold - it was ear-piercing and you just don't get to hear that level on the television - the atmosphere was electric...

Arrival at the Olympic Park - lots of people dressed for the
occasion in Union flags and logos

The Aquatics Centre

Inside the Aquatics Centre
View from my seat, high up in the auditorum - 165 steps up to be
exact - I was surprised I could still speak when I got to my seat!!

Team GB

Winner of the Mens 200 metre individual medley and the start of
11 world records set during last nights meet

Sascha Kindred of GB wins a silver medal
Ellie Simmonds - the Team GB Paralympic poster girl arrives for her race

Getting ready for the race - 200 metre women's individual medley
They're off and Ellie's in the water first.
I don't have any photographs of the end of the race. Half way
through the race everyone was on their feet, shouting and screaming
waving their Union flags and taking a photograph was the last
thing on my mind... but suffice to say she won and set a new
world record!

Medal ceremony

Ellie Simmonds being handed her gold medal by the
Prime Minister- David Cameron

Flag ceremony
The Orbit at night
The Olympic Stadium at night

Just a few more days now until the end of the Paralympics. The Paralympic track and road cycle races start tomorrow and run for the next three days and my home town will be at the centre of it all with the races taking place just over the hill from where I live - approximately 2 miles as the crow flies... but I have to go to work :-( The flags and bunting are fluttering and the railway station is ready for the 7,500 people each day expected to pass through, whilst I will be fighting may way through the station concourse... in the opposite direction LOL.

I am so pleased I made the effort to go and the long, long queue for the trains home was well worth it.

I arrived home exhausted, but oh, my aching joints... :-)

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