Janet at the Olympics...
Janet was selected as a Games Maker Volunteer Dentist and was based at the sailing village at Weymouth. The dental surgery was in the village at the Polyclinic building with all the other Medical Staff which included Doctors, Sports Therapists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Sports Massagers, Osteopaths, Pharmacists and Radiographers with the latest up to date ultra- sonic machines. This was a unique opportunity for all the medical staff to learn, discuss and appreciate each other’s professions whilst helping others.
There was one dental surgery here and at Royal Holloway and eight at Stratford. At Stratford the dentists were busy making Gum Shields for protection in contact sports. Some of the athletes from around the world do not have regular access to a dentist, so this was the ideal opportunity for them to have dental treatment.
Dental treatment was offered to all athletes, coaches and their entourage. Any Games Makers and Security staff could also have emergency treatment.
The legacy from the Olympics will be the Polyclinic building will be used as a school and the athletes’ accommodation will be used for social housing.
Crime in Weymouth was down by 40% whilst the Games were on.
The first Olympic torch started its 70 day journey around Great Britain after arriving at Lands’ End on 19th May 2012. It was carried by Ben Ainslie, the first of 8,000 carriers. He is the first athlete to win medals at five Olympic Games including Gold at the 2012 Olympics in his Finn sailing boat.
Janet was able to watch some of the races and soak up the atmosphere with fellow Games Makers and spectators. Some of the Games Makers were dressed in Pink shirts and gave out maps and helped spectators find their way around the Olympic park.
Janet continued her Games Maker responsibilities by then going on to The Royal Holloway College Polyclinic as a dentist for the Paralympic Games. She was on duty for the water sports that were held at Eton Dorney. The Canoeing and rowing events were well supported. All the Polyclinic staff and volunteers stood and cheered the athletes back in after their time spent competing, all who were very proud of their achievements.
Janet agreed the whole experience was friendly and absolutely brilliant and a chance of a life time to be involved with such a great event.
She has had Thank You acknowledgements from:
- David Cameron MP
- Lord Sebastian Coe KBE Chair of London Organising Committee of the Olympics & Paralympic Games
- Jacques Rogge President of International Olympic Committee
- Sir Philip Craven President of the International Paralympic Committee
There is a full display of memorabilia in the ground floor waiting room at the practice courtesy of Lu Black. If you would like to pop in to have a look please feel free, even if you dont have an appointment. Look forward to seeing you.