Sunday, 19 August 2012

Summer Holidays 2012

Wow- the school holidays are flying by. We've managed to do two 'major' things in the holidays, but the rest of it has been a case of juggling work with childcare so hasn't been the most exciting time for Amy.

Anyway, on to the first major thing...we were part of the London 2012 Olympics!! We had tickets for the tennis on Tuesday 31st July, played at Wimbledon. We'd applied for lots of tickets last year, but only got one set, which was tennis. The tickets were for Court 1, you know, the one without a roof...Our trip started the day before, as we travelled down a day early so we could soak up the Olympic atmosphere in London. We saw the Olympic rings on Tower Bridge, on a barge on the Thames and forced Amy to have her photo taken with every 'Wenlock' or 'Mandeville' statue we saw as we walked around!

The Olympic Rings on Tower Bridge

Amy and Wenlock

Amy and Mandeville
 On the Tuesday the weather was overcast but dry, so we set off, all very excited. There's something infectious about being part of an event or a crowd that gets to everyone- people were really happy and the games makers were brilliant- at all of the station and en-route to give information and directions.

We walked around the practise courts first and saw Team GB's Heather Watson warming up with her coach, Judy Murray.

Heather Watson - Team GB

Judy Murray

We then went onto Centre Court and had our photo taken before play started, followed by our photo outside the front of the main building.

On Centre Court!

After that, we made our way to row Z on Court 1 in readiness for the first match, Tsonga of France against Raonic of Canada. It started well, but rain stopped play in the second set, for hours...Play eventually restarted and the match went to a third, deciding set...Unfortunately, neither player wanted to lose, and as there's no tie break, the match went on and on...We had to leave at 6pm in order to get back to collect our car and drive home, so had to leave the one and only match we'd seen before the end, with the score at 18-18 after 3 hours and 11 minutes of play! It was eventually won by Tsonga, 25-23 (I think). Heather Watson (GB) was on next, but we had to listen to that on the radio as we drove along the M4! Despite losing half the day to rain and only seeing one match, it was a fabulous day and quite amazing to know that we had been part of the London 2012 Olympics!!

Tsonga v Raonic, Court One
 We loved every moment of the Olympics, and were so proud of Team many medals to so many fantastic and dedicated athletes. My personal highlights were Andy Murray winning gold in the tennis, Beth Tweddle winning Bronze in the uneven bars, Louis Smith winning silver and Max Whitlock winning bronze in the pommel horse, the Men's gymnastic team winning bronze in the all around, Chris Hoy's golds...I could go on and on...the whole thing was amazing!

Now bring on the paralympics!!

Major event 2 to follow in my next post.

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