The perfect end to my perfect London 2012 Olympic experience was me furiously zooming my camera into the faces of our top athletes at the Athletes’ Parade. Ducking and diving to secure the best spot on The Mall, I was reminded of the success of the Games and how inspired the one million-strong crowds were by these new, and talented, celebrities.
Unfortunately the GamesMakers were expecting a seat to watch the parade, after being invited by Locog as a special ‘thank you’, but instead we stood for four hours waiting for the athletes to reach us. There were mutters of ‘writing a letter of complaint’ and ‘we were meant to be involved, this parade is for us!’
I understood how they felt, but there’s no doubt the Olympic organisers have gone above and beyond for us. More than meals, transport and resources, we’ve been offered discounted theatre tickets, football tickets and qualifications courtesy of the Olympic sponsors. We’ve been thanked enough, or so I thought.
As I walked home this evening wearing my GamesMaker uniform for the last time, I realised we don’t need a parade to acknowledge the thousands of people who dedicated their free time to the Games. The simple thumbs up and smiles from people on the train reminds me how privileged I was to be a part of ‘the greatest show on earth.’