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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Friday, 13 July 2012

The Athletes Village

Today I started my first shift in the Athlete's Village. I thought it was never going to happen as there had been an admin glitch and my name had been deleted from the system back in May. After 6 weeks it was finally sorted out and yesterday I turned up ready to work only to find that my accreditation  ID had also been cancelled so I was not allowed inside the village. Although it took nearly all day I did eventually get reinstated.

The village feels a little like a ghost town at the moment as the athletes will not take up residence until Monday but everything looks fantastic. The facilities are amazing. I am working in the foodhall which is so big it  takes nearly 10 minutes to walk from end to end!

The athletes will be living in these apartment blocks which will be converted to family homes after the Games.
The post games village will have its own school and recreation areas and squares

My other Olympic role is performing in the Paralympic opening ceremony. The rehearsals are well under way and it has been great fun. I will have two parts in the ceremony neither of which I can discuss but it looks as though it's going to be a great event. It is also very special working alongside very talanted disabled performers.


  1. Wow that is going to be fun as long as there are no more mix ups. We heard on the news that the beds are too small for the big athletes.

  2. This is indeed going to be FUN!!!Thanks for sharing.Have a great weekend!


  3. I am looking forward to enjoying the Olympics from your vantage point. This will indeed be an adventure of a lifetime!

  4. So much anticipation!! Thanks for the peek.

  5. So much work and I wonder what they will do with it once the Olympics over ! At least it creates some new family homes ! I only wish it brings a lot of money !

  6. Hi there - I think there will be a few people who will be short of sleep during the Olympics in this part of the world!

    Thanks for the comments over the last week; I've been in Northern Queensland.

    Cheers - Stewart M

  7. Exciting times for you, a food hall with ten minutes walk! I am looking forward to your stories.

  8. Wonderful shots of sports village.

  9. oh wow..how exciting that must be! maybe I will see you on TV from Pa..looks so interesting!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  10. How fantastic that you are volunteering to work with this exciting event. I love the red moose! LOL

  11. Have fun volunteering! Fantastic Pics!

  12. How exciting!!! It's all really happening! :o)

    What kind of shifts are you working in the Village?


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