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Behind the Scenes at London 2012 Paralympics

I spent a little over 3 weeks as a Games Maker Driver for the Paralympics.

I met Dignitaries, Officials, Athletes and a lot of other Games Makers.

Being behind the scenes, is a bit like being behind the camera, you get to see things from a unique perspective.
We were out of sight to those within the venues, but quite noticeable out on the roads.

Here are a few shots, that were taken more as an Aide-mémoire rather than photographs I'd use elsewhere.

At the start it's all Heathrow pick-ups



Where there is a team on hand to put the "Clients" into the next available vehicle.



There's a lot of waiting around, as flights seem to arrive in batches and quite a few teams go to the Athletes Village on the buses.



Eventually you take a client to their hotel where they are met by another part of the team that "Meet-n-Greet" and get them from the cars into the Hotels
(not sure the doormen were too happy about that)


The young lady on the left was also the name bearer for the Afghanistan Team at the opening ceremony.


While we were told not to take pictures of the clients, the PRESS were ever present, interviewing everyone they could.



Wherever we were sent there was always several of us in a queue, and many happy moments were spent exchanging funny stories...



While most Cabbies accepted the whole thing, there were the inevitable few that simply would not, and were very vocal in their opinions of us
and everything else that they disagreed with, and a few had to be "told where to go"



I did get out to one venue and managed to see a little bit of the action



But most of the time, we were waiting back stage. However there are always those that have a lot more work to do at the end of their shift.
We only had to put the cars through the car wash...



Working out of the Village was very interesting, as we did get to see a lot of the "Stars"...



As well as driving the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles & BMWs, I also transported lots of the "Entertainers" around the park



As with all good things, it has to end and finally the last Mandeville returns back to base, and waits to be packed away...



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Re: Behind the Scenes at London 2012 Paralympics

Fascinating background, thanks Graham. Now it's all over, how do you feel about the whole thing?

Ciao ... John
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Re: Behind the Scenes at London 2012 Paralympics

Good pics Graham.

I was also a Driver, and so was my other half. My pics are "Illegal" I'm afraid, being taken with my phone.

I was based at FDX, (Excel) and Sue at Stratford.

I had a cabbie try to cut me up, and a lad in a white van try to push me off the road - both before the Games started for real.

Didn't get anyone famous - mostly officials, or in one case, a Getty Images Photographer. We had a bit of a chat!

I do plan to put a blog together now it's done.

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Re: Behind the Scenes at London 2012 Paralympics

Hi Graham,

Great shots and I really like the commentary. It looks like it must have been a great experience and I hope you enjoyed it.

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Re: Behind the Scenes at London 2012 Paralympics

A great insight, thanks for sharing.....
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Re: Behind the Scenes at London 2012 Paralympics

I agree, thanks for sharing, nice to have some illustrated insight into how it all worked. I attended some events myself and enjoyed them very much - never seen so many happy strangers chatting away to one another. A shame it's all over now.
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