The Paralympics are nearly over – just the closing ceremony tonight and the athlete’s parade tomorrow. Here’s a roundup up of impressions from the Olympic Park, especially from Eton Manor, home to the wheelchair tennis, where I worked as a Games Maker.
With 27 degrees of blazing sunshine, Centre Court was a tough assignment. Games Makers got through the week on gallons of bottled water, oceans of sunblock and bucketloads of chocolates.
Spectator food stalls (here seen before the crowds arrived) were popular but never developed the huge queues of the Olympic Games. Games Makers ate workforce lunch (and dinner for those of us working twelve hour shifts) in a huge marquee which was the only place we could enjoy the luxury of sitting down.
The Beat Box by night – a fusion of experimental architecture, sport music and technology in which the structure acts as a musical instrument allowing visitors to remix the music as they pass through the building.
Sadly Team GB’s Peter Norfolk, didn’t manage a medal in the quad singles but popular Nick Taylor, of the USA who uses his foot to throw up the ball to serve, got a bronze – Here’s the Victory Ceremony.