The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics have now ended, but we still have a few pictures of Vinnie's last days “living his dream” as a Games Maker ….. and his final reflections …
He said that in the final days he couldn’t believe how excited and effervescent everyone was, and at times was he was totally overwhelmed by people wanting to have their picture taken with him, at least twenty times day!
People couldn’t believe that his accreditation was real and that it really was scanned to let him through the doors of Olympic privilege, which did make him a proper and official bona fide Games Maker, and that he wasn’t just a stunt!He also said that it was also good to finally let his hair down and party a little …….. as being efficient, responsible and a font of all knowledge after 6 weeks on duty was a little tiring, though he wasn’t grumbling one single bit!
Each day he pinched himself just to make sure he really was part of the London 2012 experience ….. (as the bruises on his bum prove)
…. and he tried to see everything through fresh eyes, just as he had seen it all on his very first day day at the Olympic Park, full of awe and wonder ….
The THANK YOU’s on the LOCOG Aquatic Staff display bought a tear to Vinnie’s usually restrained eye ….
As did the display of proudly handcrafted winners medals …. every day medals were made to celebrate the success of each Team GB member as they won a medal, their names was put on the back and then they were hung from three handmade diving boards on the wall in the workforce canteen ….. everyone was so proud of them and when Vinnie told us about it we got very emotional too.
….. And what of Auntie Jan’s Olympic/Paralympic Dream? ….. She was chosen to swim two of lengths of the pool for the “Broadcasting Rehearsal” on 29th August, so her name and time were flashed on the Olympic scoreboard, like a proper athlete and Vinnie was there to proudly watch her.
She said she was very nervous, as she had never dived off a new style starting block before and didn’t want to make a
tit fool of herself, but she was sooooooo excited! Unfortunately, she has only one photograph of this wondrous occasion, no shots of her on the aforementioned starting block, in the water, finishing or her name and time on the scoreboard. She was soooooo mahooooooosively upset …. the person who assured her that they were a very competent photographer cocked it up good and proper ….. a devastating blow …. but at least the memory will stay with Auntie Jan forever …. we are very much gutted for her and wish our mum had been there for her as she takes pictures of every minute detail!!!
And what of the future for Vinnie and Auntie Jan ….. does Rio 2016 beckon? Only time will tell, but they already have a diary with lots of new and very exciting events pencilled in.