An Amazing Opportunity – Abergavenny Borough Band played at the Olympic Park Bandstand

Abergavenny Borough Band and Peter Karrie

The band won the amazing opportunity to play at the Olympic Park as part of the Paralympic closing celebrations on Sunday 9 September. We took 30 performers to London for the day and were joined on stage by the West End star, Peter Karrie.  Together we performed a 30 minute programme which included many of Peter’s stage hits from Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera. Continue reading

Olympic and Paralympic Homecoming in Senedd in Cardiff Bay on 14 September from 4.30pm

Jo Jones

Jo Jones

Jo Jones, Director, Welsh Government Office, London

In my last post I talked about witnessing recurring, joyous and inspirational scenes – and that was just the Torch Relay. The 2012 Olympics and Paralympics have been truly amazing. Who could forget the world-beating performances of Ellie Simmonds, Geraint Thomas and Mark Colbourne? Continue reading

Volunteering In Wales goes to the Olympics

 

Supporting Team GB at the Millennium Stadium

Supporting Team GB at the Millennium Stadium

Volunteering in Wales (funded by Welsh Government) grantees Scope Cymru really got into the Olympic Spirit recently.As a grant recipient under the ‘Volunteering in Wales (funded by WG)’ fund, Scope Cymru were asked to consider if they would like free tickets for the Olympic Women’s football games held in Cardiff’s magnificent Millennium Stadium. Continue reading

The intensity struck me – 11 games in 10 days

Gerry Toms, manager of the Millennium Stadium

Gerry Toms, manager of the Millennium Stadium

Gerry Toms, manager of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

The Olympics organisers Locog were responsible for the structure and the management for the games and they brought their plan to us. We worked with them to put that plan in place.

The intensity struck me: 11 games in 10 days. That was a punishing schedule for everyone – it was like groundhog day. Continue reading

Inspiring the younger generation

Rianné Hopkins

Rianné Hopkins

Rianné Hopkins is 15 years old and a London 2012 adiStar Young Ambassador for Bishop Gore School in Swansea.

As a Young Ambassador for Bishop Gore school, I was asked to ‘help out’ as well as have fun at the Paralympic Media day held in Wales National Pool Swansea and Swansea University Sports Centre. Continue reading

United in Swansea…sharing the Paralympic Dream

Swansea is playing host to Paralympic teams from Mexico and New Zealand who are in Wales for the countdown to the start of the Games on August 29. The Mexico team are based on the Swansea University campus. We hear from some of those involved in the Mexico and New Zealand camps

Sergio Durand Alcántara, Mexico Paralympic Committee
It’s a really exciting time. We’ve all seen how the Olympic Games has generated such huge interest and enthusiasm for sports right across the world and we hope the Paralympics will do the same. Continue reading

Keeping the volunteering flame burning

Sue Maughan officiating at the discus inside the Olympic Stadium

Sue Maughan officiating at the discus inside the Olympic Stadium

Sport Wales staff are joining the thousands of volunteers who’ll be keeping the Games ticking behind the scenes. We hear from Senior Officer Sue Maughan who has been chosen as a Games Maker official for athletics at both the Olympics and Paralympics.

The Olympic flame may have been extinguished, but the passion and fire for sport thankfully lives on… you can feel it in the air and we need to make that feeling last. We who work in sport have a responsibility to make sure this happens. Continue reading

The friendliness we’ve experienced from the Welsh people has been incredible

Members of the Australian Paralympic Team

Members of the Australian Paralympic Team

Teams from eight of the 13 sports in which Australia is competing in London will be based in Cardiff and Newport before moving to the Paralympic Athlete Village prior to the Opening Ceremony on 29 August.

Carlee Beattie – world championship long jump silver medallist

The decision to have the camp in Cardiff was spot on. Continue reading

Paralympic Pre-Games Training Camps

The Paralympic Agitos outside City Hall in Cardiff

The Paralympic Agitos outside City Hall in Cardiff

Jon Morgan - Executive Director of Disability Sport Wales

The Paralympic Games may be happening 158 miles away up the M4 in London but for fourteen of the competing nations all roads have initially led to South Wales. Continue reading