Olympic 2012 Gamemaker speaks about the Biggest Event this Year.
Still on a high after the buzz of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games? We caught up with Nottinghamshire local Sue Dewey, to hear about her experiences as a volunteer during the Paralympics.
As an events project manager I have had the good fortune to work on some very interesting projects in the last 25 years including major international events like the Ryder Cup, but I have just recently had the most amazing 12 days at one of the greatest shows on earth – as a Gamesmaker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Olympic Park is truly amazing, the infrastucture and the sheer scale of the logistics is staggering. I was based at the Aquatic Centre in an Event Services role, spending my time greeting and often photographing, happy people, children with huge beaming smiles taking in their stride the spectacle of limbless athletes and spectactors.
I will have abiding memories of the sights, sounds and colours of the world coming together; the pride of the athletes, their parents and families; a whole nation willing on Team GB and creating iconic new role models for the next generation. I am thinking that Sports Personality of the Year is going to be a tough one this year! Nottinghamshire should be very proud of the likes of Ollie Hynde and Richard Whitehead, not to mention their Golden Olympian colleagues.
Meeting fellow Gamesmakers from all over the world and making new friends as we bonded over silly o’clock starts and shared the highs and lows of the competition.
Seeing the Union flag on everything from heads, faces, cheeks (both kinds), leggings, jackets, rucksacks, babies bottles, blankets, wheelchair hubs and so on.
The legacy aspiration is to Inspire a Generation. It has been ordinary people doing extraordinary things and I sincerely hope we can make it happen as a nation. Seeing the way the public turned out for the victory parade was the icing on the cake and made me very proud to be British. It has been a remarkable experience and one I will never forget. Lord Sebastian Coe summed it all up with his final words – “London 2012 – Made in Britain.”
Sue Dewey OBE
Dorket Associates Ltd