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As a Gamesmaker at the Olympic Park during the Paralympic Games, it is interesting to hear of your experiences, as I hope to learn from them. Having to travel from Scarborough and find accommodation both for training and then the Games themselves, it is a costly business, and friends cannot believe that everything is coming out of my own pocket and LOCOG is paying absolutely nothing. However, for most people it is a once in a lifetime experience (although at the first Dress Rehearsal I met a lady who could remember the 1948 Olympics), and I am really looking forward to putting something back after attending the athletics events at the Olympic Games. I still have to collect my accreditation and uniform (luckily I can do this on August 10 when the morning and afternoon are free of athletics events, and after returning to Scarborough, I then come back to London for 24 hours for my venue training on August 19. Ten days later I return for the real thing, with six out of nine shifts starting at 0545! I hope the meals they provide during the shift are full of carbohydrates to refuel the lost energy!
Hey Peter, that’s very generous of you re the Paralympic Games. Your reasoning for doing it was also why I’m doing it for the Olympics. I have evening sessions of duty so no real travel issues. I’m glad you enjoyed the Dress Rehearsals, obviously they kept a few things back for the real thing.
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