This blog post comes to you live from the Athletes Village! Since my last post we had a short stay in Sheffield. We had 3 really good days of training at the English Institute of Sport (EIS). The EIS is a massive multi sporting facility that is incredible, as an athlete it has everything that you want and more. We were surrounded by everything Olympics – they had some really cool marketing tools that put some sports and world records into perspective, check them out :
Joey could barely touch the men’s Olympic high jump record from 1996
I couldn’t get to the Women’s high jump record….maybe next year…
Check out Adam trying to Pole Vault….
Adam’s going to have to build himself some longer legs….
The EIS also did a great jump of recognizing and promoting their athletes throughout the facility:
Kind of tough to see here – but they recognized the local Paralympians who trained in Sheffield – this was on the floor at the main entrance
More athlete recognition, on the other side of this advertisement – there were tons of post it notes from people wishing the Sheffield Paralympians good luck
I also managed to make a few friends during our stay:
Taking some time to meet some of the locals
We couldn’t stay in Sheffield forever, Friday was finally the day when we would make our way to London and move into the athletes village and get a sneak peak at some of the venues. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation in the bus, the guys had been waiting a long time for this day.
Bo, David, and Tyler all jacked on our way to London
This first picture is of our equipment truck getting searched at the Olympic Park entrance:
London is on Lockdown
Once we cleared the security checkpoint we were finally in…Welcome to London:
Finally we arrive!
Here is a framed picture of the Paralympic logos decorated in each countries colors:
Canada is in the third row 3 in from the left
After we cleared security it was time to head to our apartment and check out our new dig’s
An awesome blanket on our beds
And our new gear was waiting for us too:
The Hudson Bay Company really hooks up the Athletes, Coaches, and Officials with great clothing…We are the best looking country by far
It didn’t take long to start making new friends in the Village:
Pictured with one of the lovely staff in the village, as Jazzy said – keeping up British/Canadian relations
With all this travel we got a little hungry, the Cafeteria is massive. They have foods from all over the world – the Best of Britain, African and Caribbean cuisine, McDonalds, and much more. The food is all cooked fresh, right before your eyes.
Jazzy wasting no time getting into the Olympic Spirit – Free McDonalds in the Village! Side note – yes he is wearing a women’s golf shirt…once again don’t judge him
A man’s gotta eat ….in a men’s golf shirt
After we got some food, we did a little exploring and found out that a teammate is the face of the village!
Oh whats up Bear?….Me and Richard “Bear” Peter. He is kind of a big deal
And finally an awesome view of London from our balcony:
London all lit up
OK folks that is all for now – thanks again for reading..sorry this post got a little long….Only 4 days left until the Games officially open. Lots of cool stuff happening in the next couple of days, we have our first team practice in the North Greenwich Arena, our team Canada Pep rally tomorrow where the flag bearer will be announced and we also have our flag raising ceremony. So stay tuned for my next blog update with more pictures and info live from London!