I totally forgot about this page!! Fudging from doing proper work:
My experience of visiting the Team GB House at the Olympic Stadium for ‘Afternoon Tea’
First, a little of the background of how I ended up chatting to the Olympians on Wednesday 1st August 2012.
I am a self confessed sport nut (cycling and running) last year I became ill and found even my ability to walk affected with major balance issues and had to take a long period off work. It ended with a diagnosis of RRMS and was started on daily Copaxone injections. I thought this year I needed to get back to some form of fitness.
The original idea was to complete 10 sporting challenges (some never tried) as listed by a charity called ‘Gold Challenge – choose your challenge, choose your cause’. This was an idea that all charities under one umbrella can raise money in this Olympic year with opportunities in the spirit of sport. My aim was to raise £500 for MS Society over a period of six months, all self funded. This ended up £2500 over a period fifteen weeks.
1st April was 100M sprint by charity invitation, in the Olympic Stadium, London. The events and donations then started.
Trampoling, 10k running race, White Water Kayaking, competition long jump, 26 Mile Great Manchester Cycle, badminton, 3 hours of table tennis lessons, 100M front crawl swim and then to end it all on 15th July, solo competitor in the First ever NHS Fun Sprint Triathlon held in Bolton, Lancashire (400M swim, 21k Cycle, 5k run).
On Wednesday 1st August the 10 sporting challenges went a whole circle with me attending the Team GB House in London for ‘afternoon tea’ with the Olympians watching Bradley Wiggins win gold and a presentation to the top fundraisers for each individual charity.
The presentation started with an introductory speech by Dan Thompson, founder of the challenge who took part in every Olympic and Paralympics sport and then each of the 24 winners were presented with their medals by Dalton Grant (ex High Jumper for GB who won European and Commonwealth honours as well as representing GB at the Olympics) and Noel Thatcher (registered blind, represented GB at 6 Paralympics’ games between 1988 and 2004 winning a total of 5 gold medals and carried the flag for GB at the opening ceremony in Athens, one record set with a stress fracture to his leg). This presentation was accompanied by a brief summary of what individuals had achieved for their chosen charities
“My thanks to all those who have sponsored me from Bolton Hospital NHS Trust (where I work), Radcliffe AC (my athletic club), and various other sponsors who have supported me in the 10 challenges over the 15 week period”