Posted by: Sunita Gill24 JUN 2012
Standingoutside the station I nervously riffled through my bag to find my map. From thecorner of my eye I noticed another lady looking somewhat lost.
Icouldn't help but wonder if she too was a games maker trying to navigate herway to the 'uniform distribution and accreditation centre' (UDAC). Havingplucked up the courage, I asked her and to my relief she was trying to find herbearings too!
Afterfiguring out the route we chatted all the way there like two school girls. It'shard to explain and put into words but there really seems to be this indiscerniblethread connecting fellow games makers.
Onreaching the UDAC we were asked to queue up to check we had the relevantidentification with us. No sooner had we done this when we were whisked over toanother area and given our accreditation passes. As I chatted to another gamesmaker we realised that the pictures must have been taken at the interview stageas I was wearing a polo neck. However with the weather we've had I wouldn'thave been out of place wearing a polo neck in June!
Next, wewere directed to changing rooms to try on our uniforms. There were no mirrorsand I wonder if that was intentional, as the queues would have moved sluggishlyif there were. Instead I had to rely on my fellow games makers in the cubiclesnext to me for their advice and opinions. Different coloured epaulettes areworn to identify specific groups. The medical team will have white andanti-doping personnel will have green epaulettes.
Once allour sizes had been noted down we were then sent to another area where all ouruniform items were put together and immaculately packed into a tremendous blackbag. There was a complimentary Olympic swatch watch for each games maker aswell as a set of postcards to commemorate the Olympics. In addition to theuniform we were also given a shoulder bag (that can be adjusted to be worn as arucksack), water bottle, raincoat, cap and umbrella.
Whilstconversing with another games maker he commented on how there were people fromall walks of life here, so diverse and yet all ardent and zealous. I couldn’thave agreed with him more. For such an enormous warehouse like building thecold was quickly displaced by the rapture and radiance from all those withinit.
Once thebag was packed and given to us we then queued up for the bag to be recheckedagain. As many games makers were travelling from a far it is imperative thatthe uniform is all correctly sized and nothing is missing as it would be toocumbersome and impractical to return to UDAC for alterations. As my journeythere had taken nearly 2 hours I was grateful they were meticulous and checkedeverything with a fine toothed comb!
As I ambledback to the underground with my fellow games maker, clutching our heavy bags,we both were admirably amazed at how well organised and efficient the sessionat UDAC was. After bidding a cordial farewell to each other, I boarded my trainknowing that I was now another step closer to this once in a lifetimeopportunity!