All good things come to an end – and, after what can only be described as a ‘fantastic fortnight of sport’, the London 2012 Olympics has concluded.
My GamesMaker journey started two years ago with a simple application, followed by an interview, training sessions and eventually uniform and accreditation collection. Based at the ExCeL inside the judo and wrestling arenas, I’ve distributed start times and schedules to the world’s press, ensured they had everything they needed and assisted with press conferences for Team GB’s own Gemma Gibbons (judo) and USA’s Jordan Burroughs (wrestling). Needless to say I’ve enjoyed every minute.
It’s been a great experience with lots of perks on top of being part of this unforgettable experience and witnessing great sports first hand. The Olympic sponsors have looked after the GamesMakers to no end – with McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Nature Valley coming out on top.
Biting off more than I can chew?
In my two weeks at the ExCeL I’ve not eaten or even sniffed a Big Mac. Why? Quite simply, there isn’t one at the venue. Instead I’ve enjoyed a range of balanced meals: shepherd’s pie, chicken chasseur and stir-fry to name a few. This worldwide partner is giving me much more – a bite out of its new online customer service qualification. (I’ll update on this early September once available.)
In addition to this, as a ‘thank you’ for our work, we’ve been rewarded with theatre ticket discounts.
I’ve developed a penchant for a daily dose of Fanta (a drink I previously reserved for holidays). Produced by Coca-Cola, GamesMakers had a wide range of drinks to choose from when off duty.
Back to nature
Nature Valley had a much bigger presence than Cadbury’s. The official cereal bar supplier to the Olympic Games, after two weeks I’ve become programmed to enjoy a pack at least once a day.
But treats come and go, the two greatest memories from the Games are in the form of my uniform and the ‘thank you’ gift I was presented with this afternoon – a unique GamesMaker replica relay baton.
It signifies trust – something we all put in each other to do a great job as part of our teams. It’ll be special to me, always. But not everyone is as sentimental. You can probably pick up one from eBay. Top price is £150.