I had the pleasure of spending the day at the Olympic Park for a morning session of the Para-Olympics. During the whole process of the GB’s bidding process and the building of the stadium, I wasn’t particularly interested in seeing the Olympics but once the opening ceremony was televised, I was hooked.
My friend entered a competition and won four tickets for the Para-Olympics. We had tickets for the morning session in the stadium.
The distance between the different venues did mean that you had to walk for 10 – 15 minutes but there was always a very handy eating spot to stop at.
Entering The Olympic Park
Entering the park meant going through security. This was just like going through the airport. When I went through the gate thing, the beeper was triggered (damn my big buckled belt) so I was frisked by a very polite female member of the armed forces.
This was the first time that I actually didn’t mind the body search because the woman did not make me feel like a criminal, like they usually do when you are at the airport.
Once we were inside we took our time to wander down to the stadium. From the outside, the place looks really small but once we went inside, the place looked amazing. I could now understand why people desperately wanted to get tickets for the event. The atmosphere was fantastic.
Our seats were quite high up but we were sitting behind the part of the track where the 100 metre races start so this was perfect. The large screens also ensured that we didn’t miss any of the action.
A Variety of Events During The Morning Session
The sports events that I was lucky enough to watch included:
- Women’s Long Jump
- Women’s 5000 metre heats
- Women’s 100 metre heats, where British racer Hannah Cook won her heat with ease
- Men’s Shot Put, where Aled Jones won Bronze
- Men’s Assisted 400 metres
The categories for the different races and levels of ability were very complicated to follow but that did not take away from the viewing experience. Naturally all the British athletes got the biggest cheers but all the participants were given support.
The Mexican Wave made its way around the stadium at several stages during our session and it was fantastic to be a part of it all.
Although the whole park was packed, we didn’t have to wait too long for anything. There were plenty of toilets available, which were nice and clean. All the volunteers were very helpful and knowledgeable.
Food Glorious Food!
There was the huge McDonald’s with a ridiculously long queue. For me, a McDonald’s is a McDonald’s wherever you are.
We ended our day by sitting in front of the large viewing screen. The area was overflowing with people so our view was a little restricted. But that didn’t matter. It was the general atmosphere that made it a pleasant experience.
The Para-Olympics is just as impressive as the Olympics and I am glad that I got to watch dedicated sports people excelling in their chosen field.
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