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I've won friends and memories for all life

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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AS my Paralympic Gamesmaker journey comes to an end I'm left still taking in so many memorable moments I couldn't pick a best.

I'm going to miss standing up with pride to the national anthems before the games and at the victory medal ceremonies.

Of course when it's the GB anthem it has made me smile and think how proud we should all be as a nation.

These athletes have proved anything is possible – seeing blind runners run with determination and horse riders and high jumpers with such skill.

As the sun shone in the last week the Games certainly heated up. I enjoyed watching the equestrian event in the glorious setting of Greenwich Park which was made even more magical when Sophie Wells of Team GB rode her horse Pinocchio to a Disney theme tune.

Sophie picked up a second silver having already won a gold in the team event. Her words were: "Work hard and love what you do."

I also loved watching Egypt's Mohamed Eldib break the world record in the power lifting. He showed his phenomenal strength by lifting an incredible 249kg.

I will miss all of the moments which made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck and gave me goose bumps all over. I'll miss the atmosphere of the crowds – I've really had the time of my life.

The NGA saw Canada's basketball team win gold with Patrick Anderson scoring more than 30 of the points. His class shone and you could see how he is the world's best wheelchair basketball player.

A highlight of the night was being dragged on to the basketball court at half time during the GB game.

Here I was a backing dancer along with fellow medical volunteers to one of the spectator doctors who impersonated Elvis Presley!

Staying for the on court celebrations after the victory ceremony was electric.

I really didn't think anything could top the experience but my last shift was overwhelming and full of emotion, the Games nearly at an end and saying goodbye to an incredible team.

Many photos were taken with fellow volunteers and the athletes themselves. Holding an athlete's medal around my neck was another real highlight. I didn't want to leave the arena.

Volunteering for the games I feel is just the beginning for me now. I couldn't have asked to be based at a better venue than being at the heart of the basketball action. I've acquired new skills, new friends, and memories that will last a lifetime.

London 2012 was truly powerful in every way imaginable. I feel sport is far better than any medication and is the way forward, I believe it encourages a faster recovery for many conditions, sport gives achievements and a feeling of control.

London 2012 has given me such a special summer and watching the closing ceremony on TV was another spectacular show – giving the perfect end to the perfect Games.

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