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Doug and Ryans Blog: Day 2 – A right Royal One

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Olympic Ambition Programme – Stage 2 THE OLYMPIC Experience

Day 2 – A right Royal one

Today started a little more slowly than yesterday, probably to do with the excitement of Monday night. Our first visit of the day was to the BT London Live site in Hyde Park. This is a combination of multiple state-of-the-art screens and concert quality sound systems that enables those without games tickets to see the London 2012 action. We took the opportunity to visit the Team GB Club House, which like Team GB House, offers the opportunity for Athletes and their friends & family to relax and enjoy the entertainment.

Next stop was the Athletes Village for bit of star spotting and what an experience it turned out to be. Once through security and our village passes adorning our necks, first stop was the athletes shopping plaza  and the Village shop for some retail therapy.

Just before entering the residential area of the village, we stopped at the Olympic Truce Wall. The Wall, which has been a fixture in the Olympic Villages since Sydney 2000, forms the backdrop for the Team Welcome Ceremonies and provides a place of reflection and inspiration of peace through sport.

Amidst the residential blocks that house the athletes, there are a number of special buildings. The Polyclinic is a one stop solution for all the athletes’ medical needs, the Gym where athletes can top up fitness and finally the dining hall, the scale of which is truly epic – about 4 football pitches – with way too many choices.

Amongst those eating were the GB Women’s football team having their pre-game meal before heading off to play Brazil and I am certain that my telling Steph Houghton to have a great game as she headed out the hall, was the key element in the GB win. J

Also in the hall were some of the GB Women’s Basketball team who were eating after an afternoon practice. Amongst them was Rose Anderson, the one Scot who made the team and someone from my own club, City of Edinburgh.

We then headed out for a final walk through the village before leaving but not before we were ‘accosted’ by Prince William Kate, who were on a tour of the village. They had taken some time last Thursday to meet with Ambition Programme athletes as part of the Torch Relay when it visited Buckingham place. They both took a keen interest in the young athletes and talked very knowledgeably with them about their sports – it was an absolutely brilliant finish to our village tour.

However, it wasn’t finished for Ryan as he was selected to be interviewed by the BBC along with one of the Ambition athletes from Sailing. His day was completed with a visit to the Volleyball at Earls Court to see GB men v Australia…. unfortunately ending in defeat for GB.

The evening session for the coaches involved a discussion at the Global Coaches House, with Frank Dick, the legendary former Director of UK Athletics. Frank  regaled us with stories about how he got into coaching, his drivers and how he developed his expertise over time and then applied them in helping his athletes, including Daley Thomson, achieve success.

Another fantastic day, one more to go..


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