Posted by: Sunita Gill15 MAR 2012
Successful games makers were invited to an Orientation Training event at Wembley arena. See links attached for more details.
After trudging through the snow I finally arrived at the arena and was greeted with a warm cup of hot chocolate and what seemed like an endless supply of chocolates.
Not that I’m complaining as which girl would?
I soon made acquaintances with other games makers and was amazed at how some had valiantly journeyed across snowy terrains to get to the arena.
Despite the cold temperatures there was a feeling of warmth in the arena that came from the energy and exhilaration that resonated out of each games maker.
I had never met the games makers sitting near me before and yet I felt their affable smiles like that of an old friend.
As the arena filled up the enormity of the event was clear. Eddie Izzard took centre stage to cheer us on our journey.
We also discovered what our uniforms would look like.
As games makers we would be expected to know some sign language and be able to recognise all the sports signage that will be on display during the Olympics and Paralympics. There are a staggering 59 sports signs to learn. Some easier than others to grasp.
Our games maker workbooks that we have all been given provides us with information on ‘diversity and inclusion’, communication, incident reporting and health and safety.
We listened attentively to Sebastian Coe as he succinctly discussed the games makers’ requirements.
Jonathan Edwards kept us enthralled with his extensively detailed insight into the running of the Olympics.
As I left the arena clutching my folder I turned around to have one final look at the illuminating smiles that beamed from the games makers.
My mind furnished with exuberance as I knew that the next time we would congregate in such numbers would be at the test events.
Until then I had a huge amount of studying to do in preparation.
No stone could be left unturned.
We needed to be prepared for every eventuality.
Or to at least know, whom to ask or where to look.
I had thought that I was already on my journey but in fact my voyage was just beginning!