Exploring London’s Olympic Park + Looking Towards The Paralympics
I was among the lucky few allowed into London’s Olympic Park before the general public were allowed in, which meant I was gifted an amazing opportunity to take some crowd-free photos. Here are some of them. There will be more soon.
The park itself is vast, around 2km in length. This is why spectators were encouraged to arrive well before their published session start times. Getting from one end to the other takes long enough without thousands of people thronging the thoroughfares and surrounding gardens. On one of my many visits, I had to be at the other end of the park within ten minutes. I’m normally punctual and well organised, but on this occasion, I was so taken by the beauty of the park, I lost track of time. Luckily, I thumbed a lift from one of the many mobility buggies. It was a hot day and they were driving round delivering bottled water to the security staff.
Now that the Olympics are over and everyone has hailed them (quite rightly) as a resounding success, attention now turns to the Paralympics. In just over a week’s time, attention will once again fall upon Stratford as disabled athletes take their turn to ‘inspire a nation’. And indeed, for the first time in Paralympic history, it seems they might well be able to do so. For the first time ever, the major sponsors of the Olympics are sticking around for the Paralympics. For the first time ever, every single ticket is looking like it’ll be sold (currently 2.2 million of 2.5 million tickets have been snapped up). For the first time ever, the UK will have live blanket coverage of the games across multiple channels. For the first time ever, a nation of sport fans are waiting impatiently for the games to begin. It’s going to great!
If your national broadcaster isn’t broadcasting the Paralympics this time round, perhaps consider dropping them an email asking why. Because while this little nation of ours will be buzzing with passion & excitement and watching incredible athletes from around the world achieve their potential all over again, you’ll be missing out.