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10-Sep-12 They think it’s all over, it is now!

In Blog, Personal on September 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

On Saturday, we were fortunate enough to have tickets for the last days of track and field at the Paralympics and London 2012 and what an amazing day we had. One that I don’t think the four of us will ever forget. In fact, I reckon it was it better than the other once in a lifetime event I have been to, which was the cup final with Millwall!

We had always planned to make a full day of it and indeed we did. The day started with our inaugural trip on the Emirates Skyline from the North Greenwich area. For those who have yet to take this 5 minute journey, it is well worth it and provides some wonderful views of the regenerated Docklands map.

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What a view. Well, apart from the lady whose reflection got in the way!

Part of the reason for getting to the Olympic Park early was to explore and we certainly did that with lots of photos of the now historic venues and even one or two beers to keep us fuelled.

But the main event was beckoning. As soon as the stadium was opened, we took our seats and even had time for one or two photo opportunities.

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Go go Team GB!

Everything that has been said about the Olympic Stadium atmosphere is true, but what really made the evening for me is how they made it a family event, with great music, the opportunity to get involved by cheering and screaming, as well as great athletics.

The icing on the cake in the arena was of course seeing Oscar Pistorius win his gold in his beloved 400 metres. With the reaction from the crowd (you would have thought a Brit was running), there was absolutely no way he was going to be beaten. How iconic that he should win the last track and field gold.

As if the evening could not get any better, as we left the stadium, Thomas and Georgina were lucky enough to get a photo taken with Fanie Van Der Merwe, Oscar’s compatriot, who had earlier won gold dramatically in the T37 100 metres event (scrambling across the line to finish)!

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What a memory. Being that near to gold!

You could not write a finish like this. Thank you to everyone for making London 2012 such a success.

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