Trust Staff Share Their London 2012 Olympic Memories

Staff at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust who were lucky enough to be involved in the London 2012 Olympics have described it as the “most wonderful” time of their lives.

Several members of staff had the experience of a lifetime as they worked at the Games, which ended on Sunday, in a variety of roles in London, including judging and volunteering, both in the Olympic Park and at other venues.

Some were lucky enough to experience history being made as Team GB had its most successful Games since 1908.

Among those who attended was Sister Cathy Briggs, who is based on the Acute Medical Unit at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. She was a National Technical Official for Field Events, judging some of the competitions.

She said: “I had the most wonderful time in my life. I was lucky to be in the stadium on Super Saturday which was a fantastic experience and judged Greg Rutherford's gold in long jump. I judged nine events and the test event on the Wednesday before the field events started. I also controlled the athletes and coaches in the women’s high jump final and chaperoned the male decathletes during their rest periods.

“I have so many memories. The noise in the stadium was incredible. You just couldn't get that over on TV. Whenever a Team GB member was in the stadium the noise was deafening. These are memories I will cherish – and I’m looking forward to part two when I judge at the Paralympics later this month.”

Mr Mike Carmont, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, was a Volunteer Games Maker with an interest in Handball. He was one of two doctors and consultants and four physiotherapists on a shift as part of the field of play recovery team for handball providing medical support.

He said: “Over 10 days the Copperbox (where the handball was based up until the semi-finals and final) saw an immense handball tournament. There were many injuries during the first couple of matches and we swiftly extricated people from the court. Knees, ankles and neck injuries were the main problems as expected.

“‘The Box that Rocks’ was voted the best atmosphere in the Olympic Park following the early matches. GB received awesome support with spectators almost lifting the roof. Even isolated in the Copperbox we received the news of GB golds and movement up the medal table. The crowd erupted with each medal as it was announced.”

Staff Nurse Jaki Bennett, who works on AMU at PRH, was a Volunteer Games Maker at Earls Court for the volleyball.

She said: “It was a once in a lifetime experience with so many people from all over the world coming to London for the Olympics. Everybody was so happy, relaxed and friendly.

“The whole atmosphere was fantastic. It was lovely to work as a team with the other volunteers, the Armed Forces and all of the security staff. It was also really nice when the volunteers received several mentions and got a standing ovation at the closing ceremony. We were just trying to do the best we could.”
 

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