September 10th capped the most awesome time in British sports history because it brought to a close the shimmering summer of enjoyment and excitement that the Olympic Games brought to our country. Described as the best Games ever, both the Olympic and Paralympic sporting events have affected us in many ways. They raised our awareness of what the word 'disabled' actually means for Paralympic athletes; they reinforced what we were good at: organisation and spectacle; they lifted our spirits during this gloomy time; they gave us massive pride in ourselves and they have left some fantastic memories to cherish. This time cannot be forgotten in a hurry. We all now hope that some kind of legacy for the current generation will be theirs to build on.
I have been privileged to witness it from close quarters, being a London Ambassador for the Games and yesterday, all the volunteers were given a special position along The Mall where the Parade ended, so that we could cheer them on from close quarters. It was a truly magical time which no words can ever describe: the feeling, the comradeship, the joy of sharing something both unique and spectacular together: that was the kind of day we all enjoyed. One simply had to be there to soak up the atmosphere and to be part of the moment. A glorious love fest between the athletes and their adoring fans!
There were 21 floats carrying all 800 athletes with a steel band accompaniment and the parade started from St Paul's Cathedral and ended at Buckingham Palace, with David Cameron, Princess Anne and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (who stole the show with his humorous comments) giving speeches. An estimated million people turned out along the route to see the parade, quite an amazing crowd for a weekday procession. It was just fantastic all round, something I could not have missed for a world. The pride and joy was almost tangible.
Then, to top it all, Andy Murray broke 76 years of jinx to win the American Grand Slam!! Not since 1936 have we had a British winner, and he chose this year to do it. I feel like doing cartwheels of joy!! What a year we are having!
CONGRATULATIONS Andy, and CONGRATULATIONS Britain, for a magnificent show!
What's next I wonder! :o)