Kawsar, Tower Hamlets student, 24 December 2009
At the heart of London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games was the promise to 'transform the heart of the East End' and to 'inspire a generation of young people' - to create a legacy that would renew, regenerate and inspire. That promise which secured the capital’s bid, rings true just as much now as it did back in 2005.
Craig, Government Relations team, 22 December 2009
Much of the country has faced cold wintry conditions over the last week. But there was one story that really stood out in sport – rugby player Gareth Thomas, a major sportsman, 'came out'.
Tim, Equestrian Competition Manager, 18 December 2009
One of the things we keep emphasising here at London 2012 is that we don't want the Games to just make people interested in sport for six or so weeks in 2012. We're really intent on making sure they inspire people to get up and get active, and more importantly are given the opportunity to do so. So I was inevitably delighted by the news that the British Equestrian Federation have now committed £750,000 to their Olympic legacy project for the London 2012 Games, called ‘Hoof’, to making horse-riding more accessible to all Londoners.
As a sports man and performing artist I have always been convinced of the strong linkage between sport and the arts. They both need performance, endurance and dedication in order to deliver. In fact, one of the world's best kickboxers is a professional ballerina!
Rob, London 2012 Project Officer, Environment Agency, 16 December 2009
Wow! I’ve been to three Olympic Games and worked on the London 2012 Olympic Park for 18 months, but on a sunny Wednesday afternoon my ‘wow’ factor was restored.
Maryland Primary School in Newham brought a touch of Christmas magic to our London 2012 offices last Friday.
14 December 2009
Last week we saw the ODA health and safety school workshops come to an end, they have played an integral part in educating children about the dangers of living and playing near and building site. Teddy Nygh tells us more about his experience whilst he has been on tour of the five host boroughs to the Olympic Games.
It must be 60 shows we have performed so far and it has been a fantastic journey! We have worked in many different schools throughout the Olympic Host Boroughs and have all learnt so much about the Games,...
Alex, Head of New Media at London 2012, 14 December 2009
My usual Monday morning commute starts at slightly too early for comfort 5.30am and involves a 15 mile cycle ride from deepest East Sussex into Kent, a train ride to London Bridge station and a few stops on the Jubilee line to our office in Canary Wharf.
I had the pleasure of meeting a group of artists who were interested in finding out more about our plans for artists to gain access to the Olympic Park site in 2010.
There's a real shortage of girls taking up engineering, so myself and my colleague Sylvia were delighted to be invited to help showcase engineering to females and encourage them to consider a career in the discipline.
Gill, International Relations team, 8 December 2009
My father was given some original London 1948 Swimming and Athletics tickets by a friend recently:
Today we announced that we are on track and on budget to provide better transport before, during and after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This time next year – a year and half before the Games start – we will be finishing off the last of our permanent improvements.
Jennette, London Assembly Member for North East London, 7 December 2009
I was thrilled to be invited to join the women working on the Olympic Park in Stratford bright and early last week for a photo.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympic champion, 4 December 2009
One of the best parts of being involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is that I get to see for myself how hosting the London Games is already changing people’s lives.
In the week before the ‘1,000 days to go’ milestone I was in Jordan for the launch of International Inspiration in that country. I had been asked to go and see what the London 2012 Games are doing for children there.
International Inspiration aims to changes the lives of millions of children throughout the world by giving them better PE lessons and sport and play opportunities. It’s absolutely core...
David, LOCOG Diversity and Inclusion team, 4 December 2009
How far we have come since that split-second of hesitation before the word ‘London’ came from the mouth of the IOC president in Singapore over four years ago. As I watched the excitement spread around me as I sat in City Hall on that fateful day in July 2005, I immediately understood that by being given the Olympic and Paralympic torches, we had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve our city for disabled and deaf people.
Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, 4 December 2009
As the plane touched down in Delhi early on Tuesday morning, I was feeling very excited. I was coming to this beautiful city to visit projects for our International Inspiration programme – which aims to use the power of sport to change the lives of 12 million children in 20 countries around the world.
Anna, LOCOG Licensing Manager, 4 December 2009
Talk about coincidences…not only did yesterday mark 1,000 days to go until the Paralympic Games, it was also the day the world celebrates International Day of People with Disability.
To top it all off, it also happened to be the day that we revealed the Paralympic Pictogram designs and the day we launch the corresponding pin badges…ok so these last two may have been carefully planned!
Elizabeth, ODA Deputy Head of Equality and Inclusion, 3 December 2009
Today’s an exciting day, 3 December. We’re celebrating two events: 1,000 days to go to the Paralympics and also the global International Day for Disabled People, the day which reminds us each year to promote disabled peoples’ participation in social life.
It’s a day of celebration for our teams. We have been focused on promoting good practice at work for disabled people. This is something we can do with the employers working on the Olympic Park - including disabled people in job opportunities is a priority for us.
That’s why we’ve been talking to our contractors on the Olympic Stadium as...
The 2012 Editor, 3 December 2009
As we mark 1,000 days to go to the Paralympic Games we chatted to Director of Paralympic Integration (and Paralympic champion) Chris Holmes about his hopes and aspirations.
Plus he shared what he thinks makes the Paralympics special for competitors and spectators alike.
David, Head of Environment and Sustainability at 2012, 2 December 2009