The Olympics. You can’t get away from it. Everywhere you look Jessica Ennis is bearing her incredible abs, Tom Daley’s showing off his wares in the tightest speedos imaginable and Mo Farah’s running further than most people travel to work in less time than it takes to eat a bowl of cereal.
Pre-Olympics, I’ll admit, I was one of those ‘not bothered about London 2012, it’ll only ruin my TV viewing for the summer’ cynics, but after the incredible opening ceremony put on by thousands of volunteers and watched by over 27 million people in the UK (pretty much half the population), it was hard not to become completely captivated by the Great British Olympic Spirit.
Add to that the fact that all the TVs in my office (I work at ITV, so there’s a lot) are now permanently showcasing all the best Olympic action (even though it’s all on the BBC. Slightly awkward), I am now a fully-fledged Olympic enthusiast! So much so in fact that I’m considering pitching the idea of ‘Annual London Olympics’ to President of the IOC, Mr Jacques Rogge.
As I write this Great Britain is third in the medals table behind the formidable forces of China and the USA and I couldn’t be prouder. Not at all bad for a little country. A little country with a BIG heart.
So imagine my excitement when, after answering a question on Twitter from @WEXO, I won a pair of tickets to the Olympic Beach Volleyball! Are you imagining the excitement? OK, now double it.
The question and answer that won me the tickets and my Olympic experience
Friday evening rolled around and Mum and I were greeted by the lovely Robin and Ben from WEXO at a wine bar in London. Two glasses of champagne later (thanks boys!) we set off across Trafalgar Square toward Horse Guards parade and, after a minor ticket hiccup, we were into the Olympic venue.
My first thoughts were how much the venue reminded me of a music festival, with an electric atmosphere, overpriced food stalls, and portable toilets (although these were by far the poshest portable toilet blocks I’d ever been in, complete with sinks and hand dryers!). And the festival atmosphere continued right into the evening. The volleyball was amazing and my team (Brazil, because mum and I tossed for it and I got Brazil whilst she got Spain) won! BRAAAAAAAAAZIL! There’s that excitement again.
There were several Mexican waves occurring at regular intervals, music and chants and the whole crowd was really into the spirit of the games. After the first match we located some more food and wine (why is it that at events like this you always seem to be ten times hungrier than at any other time?) and returned to the stands just as the second match was about to get underway. Russia vs Austria. Womens. Oh. Having told my boyfriend he “probably wouldn’t be that bothered about coming because it was all men’s volleyball”, I had a feeling he wouldn’t be too happy finding out that Mum and I were now watching gorgeous women in bikini bounce about in the sand. So naturally I text him a photo of the scene so he could see what he was missing.
The evening went by in a flash, both Mum and I had the time of our lives and I am extremely grateful to WEXO for giving me the change to get my hand on tickets to an Olympic event. So, to anyone who thinks Twitter is just full of celebrity stalkers and statuses about what people have had for breakfast, think again, I’ve won competitions and found jobs, advice and the WEXO website though the site.
Anyway, thanks once again to the WEXO team for an amazing experience, I’m now off to find out how the Brazilian’s are getting on in their Olympic Beach Volleyball journey.
Come on BRAZIIIIIL!