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Archive for 07/2012

Two auditions, 25 rehearsal days and over 150 hours in training

Patricia Henley is LSHTM's Quality Assurance Manager and Designated Individual under the Human Tissue Act. But after two auditions, 25 days in rehearsal and over 150 hours of hard training, she became a star performer at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony... In January, I received the news that I made it through the auditions and was going to perform in the opening ceremony.  My segment was intriguingly called “dance and movement in a celebratory sequence”. Read more

Blink and you’ll miss it

On Saturday 28th July, Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games, I volunteered for Mole Valley District Council at the Olympic Cycle Road Race. Both Dorking and Leatherhead were hosting “The Big Weekend” to celebrate the race passing through their towns. Before starting my volunteering shift, I joined the crowds on West Street, Dorking on the A25, lining the streets to watch the race come through Dorking at about 11:35am. At that point, the gap between the first breakout group and the remaining cyclists was 7 minutes, which seemed really long, and then it was ‘blink and you’ll miss it’, as all the speedy cyclists whizzed by. Read more

A change from cricket

On a day off from working as a Games Maker volunteer in the security team, I became a London 2012 spectator at the Royal Artillary Barracks. Today was extra special because I was going to an event to cheer on my country, India, and thankfully it had nothing to do with cricket. Read more

Two matches, six goals and a home win for Team GB

On Saturday 28th July, my husband and I had tickets to watch the Olympic football at Wembley. These preliminary matches saw the second games within Group A: Uruguay vs Senegal at 5pm and Team GB vs United Arab Emirates at 7:45pm. It’s not often you get to see two football matches in one session, so it was a great opportunity! Read more

High fives from Olympic Park Security

After the best kept secret culminated in one of the most widely anticipated shows of this year at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, I can finally share details of my work as a Security Volunteer at the Games. Day one was nothing less than fabulous. For a first shift, I couldn’t have asked for a better time and security tent. Read more

Finnish butterflies at the Olympic Park

Maria Ramos, Senior Project Administrator at the LSHTM Clinical Trials Unit, will be putting her mother tongue to good use over the next few weeks as she takes on a new role working for Finnish broadcasting company, Yle... Since 2001, an independent and unbiased organisation - Olympic Broadcasting Services- have been responsible for filming, recording and broadcasting all the Olympic competitions under the auspices of the IOC. Read more

Will any good come from London 2012?

What is the significance of the core values that lie behind the Olympic Movement and their broader implications both for British and global society? The issues we face today are by no means modern problems. Ancient Greek competitors were disqualified for grabbing opponents by their hair, fined for bribery, and even banished from Greece for cheating. Read more

An amazing Olympic character

Hillary Lowe is the Equality & Diversity Manager at the School, responsible for the development and revision of equality policies, schemes and strategies. But she has recently taken on a new role for London 2012 and has turned into an amazing character... I was fortunate to go to the Sydney Olympics and had a fantastic time (I was there when Steve Redgrave won his 5th gold medal!) so I wanted to be as involved in London 2012 as this is where I live.   Read more

My job as a nurse at the Olympic Park

Ana Valinho recently completed a diploma in Tropical Nursing at the School. She will be working as a nurse at the Olympic Park... Inspired by the dedication, motivation and courage of Olympic athletes, and keen to be part of a great sports event, I decided to become a Games Maker. It all started about 2 years ago when I heard that organisers were receiving applications for volunteers to help at London 2012. Read more

Volunteer at Olympic Torch Relay

The first of our Olympic blog posts, written by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine staff and students involved in the London 2012 games. Dr Helen Warren, Research Assistant in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics, relives her day bringing Olympic history to Guildford and meeting twice Olympic torchbearer Austin Playfoot, who also carried a torch the last time the Games were held in Britain in 1948... Read more