Victory Ceremonies 2012 ... mission complete

"gold silver bronze"

I can't quite believe it but the Games are over... I keep having to pinch myself that I am back here in Birmingham and tomorrow when I wake up it won't be 04:00 hours and I won't have to get on the N8 bus to the Mall ( well Tottenham Court Road and then a walk to the Mall!) for the early morning medal delivery.  I must say for at least the first 3 nights back here I had dreams about Victory Ceremonies for Boxing, Cycling and then one about having to get Sir Stephen Redgrave to the Athletes Victory Parade... I feel very privileged to have played the part I did and been in the places my job took me to.  I was lucky enough to be involved in Victory Ceremonies for GB's first Olympic medal ( the Silver on the Mall) and then GB's first Olympic Gold, a few days later down at Eton Dorney, as well as GB's first Paralympic Medal (again a Silver) and then GB's first Gold Paralympic (all on the same day) at the Velodrome! I worked with some absolutely brilliant volunteer Gamesmakers as well as LOCOG staff from the Sports teams to the teams from Logistic, Protocol, Media, Sports Presentation, Anti Doping, EVS, Broadcast, OBS and the Victory Ceremonies team as a whole.  The venues on and off the park were amazing, the atmosphere in London like nothing else I have experienced.  I worked on the Athletes parade for the Opening ceremony, saw the technical rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony, got a ticket for the Paralympic Closing Ceremony (where I danced and sang along all night!) and helped out with EVS on the Athletes Parade on the Mall, so got to see the end of that all close up too! I learned far too many acronyms from VAPS & PSA's,to  FF&E's & VAHO's, and my interpretative as well as formatting skills in relation to Excel Spreadsheets astonishs me (given I really knew nothing about such things when I started), flower arranging, buggy driving and secret safe's were all on the agenda, as was walking hundreds of miles (in shoes not designed for such distances), giving many many travel directions to people around London (whilst in Gamesmaker uniform), eating too many granola bars and Cadbury chocolates and having insufficient sleep for many many days... It was a once in a life time opportunity and I threw myself into it...