Posted by: Sunita Gill14 MAY 2012
Asthe train pulled into the platform, my heart started to race.
TodayI was going to meet some of the other medical gamesmakers.
AllI could think about was what had inspired them?
How far had they travelled?
Whydid they decide to volunteer?
Thetrain journey flew by as I was immersed in thought.
Whenthe train pulled into the station, I nervously took out my map. Within secondsI noticed another lady doing the same. As I walked towards her to introducemyself, two other gamesmakers approached me with an amiable smile. We saunteredacross to the training venue. These were complete strangers and yet we sharedour experiences so openly as if we innately knew we were all connected.
Onegamesmaker I chatted to had just flown in from Germany to be here and wascatching a flight back tomorrow morning. Considering she had to be back atUniversity on Monday, this demonstrated her sheer determination. It wasinspiring to hear their stories.
Aftergoing through the checking-in process at the training venue, we were rewardedwith more sumptuous chocolate. I couldn’t help but smile clandestinely as Icarefully selected my favourite treats.
Wewere offered light refreshments and snacks as we waited for all the gamesmakers to arrive.
Icouldn’t contain my smile as I entered the room. Desperately trying to remain outwardly calm yet full of excitement.
Pausing for a moment to absorb the energy from theirglowing faces.
Energy that was filled with passion and dedication that resounded through thefour walls.All I could hear was the chatter as gamesmakers shared their stories with eachother. A short while later we were cordially directed to our relevant rooms and seated ata table.
Itwas wonderful to finally meet the medical leads in our specific areas. Theywasted no time in getting the training off to a lively, informative and yetsuccinct start.
Wewere also coached about our hosting skills and the importance of ensuring thatthe spectators have a truly memorable experience.
Aftera short break we were then divided into even smaller groups.
Thiswas an opportunity to be tested on the medical training packs that each of thepharmacy gamesmakers have had to complete.
Wewere given the opportunity to ask any questions or discuss any concerns westill had.
Iwas told more about the polyclinic site that I would be working from.Unfortunately it wasn’t at Eton Dorney as the name suggested but at The RoyalHolloway University. This would mean a complete change to my travel plans.But never mind. I’m a pollyanna remember so I’ll be seeing it as a newadventure!
Atthe end of the training session we were rewarded with ‘Olympic pies’. If youexcuse the pun it doesn’t mean they were gigantic in size. However they wereextremely tasty and just what we needed to warm our stomachs before we began ourjourney home.
Aswe chatted at the platform there seemed to be an invisible alliance formingbetween us. I couldn’t help but feel secure in the sense that we were notalone. There would be support and further training available for any areas thatwe felt unsure about.
Afew days later I received some emails from other pharmacist games makers livingnear to me.
Itwas great to be in contact with them and we are hoping to share our traveljourneys, if our shifts are similar.
Wewill be obtaining our uniforms and passes soon.
Asthe months are drawing closer I will be rereading all my training material toensure I am armed and ready for all eventualities!