Saturday, 16 June 2012

Olympic Torch Relay for London 2012

The Olympic Torch relay made its way to Newcastle yesterday! I managed to get my sticky mitts on a wristband for the special ticket holders-only area by the quayside for the evening celebrations, which, predictably, I got super excited about. While the torch made its way around the city centre, Twist and Pulse hosted some Olympics themed shenanigans on the stage. Once the torch reached the quayside, Bear Grylls zip-wired from the top of the Tyne bridge to the Baltic, where the next torchbearer, Will Hardy, carried it right past us. It was a really fun event with a lovely atmosphere! Strangers bent over backwards - quite literally - so I could get the perfect shot when the torch came past. Whoever you are - thank you! I really appreciated it. 

Cracked out my 40-140mm lens, which I rarely ever use, and took some fun shots. Here are a few!

The Tyne Bridge, with Olympic rings
Twist and Pulse

Twist and Pulse

Bear Grylls beginning his zipwire descent with the torch

Bear Grylls landing in gateshead


Will Hardy, 14 year old torchbearer

"Will is an inspiration to me everyday. When he was 23 months old Will had meningitis, resulting in having both legs and half his left arm amputated. Will didn't let this deter him from swimming and by 2009, Will joined a school swimming club, from which he was identified for a disability talent ID day and it was recommended he joined Gosforth Dolphins. It was evident that William was a fantastic swimmer and within 3 months he was a National Champion. Will is now in the 2011 British Disability Swimming World Class Talent Programme. As Will watched his brother become more involved in cricket, he set his sights on becoming a junior player at Newcastle Wasps Cricket Club. Cricket hasn't come as naturally to Will though with regular practice Will can now bat and bowl very effectively. He is a valued member of the club and well liked and respected within the club. Will regularly plays for this mainstream team, recently captaining the side and successfully playing wearing his blades rather than prosthetic legs. In both sports Will has thrived in a mainstream environment, first school and then in mainstream club environment." - Source

I am now officially way too excited to see the Olympics in August!

alice xox

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