Posted on 23rd July 2012
The stats thus far are that of 199 patients in the polyclinic 120 of them were seen in the eye clinic. The slight let up meant an great opportunity to chat to the athletes. Yesterday that included one of the team of only 6 from the Federated states of Micronesia. He explained that there aren’t any concrete buildings on the islands let alone an eye care system, so he has a 4 yearly eye test on his visits to Olympic games. A lovely example of what the Olympic movement is all about. I’m all clued up on the details of trap shooting now too and was able to reassure a shooter that he had better than 6/6 vision, which he said gave him real confidence for his event.
Also got to one of the ritual athletes welcome ceremonies that happen periodically through the day in this pre-games period. This time the teams in question were Fiji ( hawiian shirt glad) , palestine and St Kitts and Nevis. A mixture of music, dancing and theatre, with a welcome from Tessa Jowell and Johnathon Edwards. Really looking forward to a chance later this week to get up close to team GB at their welcome ceremony in the village. A well timed tea break will be required!
Team GB was the answer to your trivia question. 542 athletes over 26 sports, the biggest delegation in over a century. No pressure on the medal tally then!