Sunday, 12 August 2012

My Olympic adventure part2

After an afternoon at the Archery and a Birthday dinner at Burger and Lobster it was time for me to head to Horseguards for an evening of Beach Volleyball. Outside of the Olympic park, these have been some of the most sort after tickets during the Olympics and having spent an evening there I understand why.
With much of the afternoon overcast and showery the evening was a burst of sunshine allowing for a rain free fun night at the top of the Mall.
The surroundings and backdrop to this venue are majestic which just added to the magic. Gaining entry halfway down St James park, led you into an area which was of festival feel and nature. Food & drinks areas alongside areas for fun and relaxation. The volleyball icon statues created lots of opportunities for fun photos, and everyone who passed gazed in wonder at the epic sand sculptures!
If I thought there was lots of fun in the sun in the grounds, that was definitely just the warm-up for the main stage which was just fabulous. From the party atmosphere to the beach cheerleaders to the fantastic crowd, it seems that the more noise the better the play!
First game of the evening for me was the women's preliminaries featuring Russia Federation and Canada, many men muttering when the Canadian ladies appeared in their leggings, however think the Russian ladies may have made up for that!.
With Russia beating Canada by 2 sets to ! it was then time for the men to play... USA 'v' Spain, up until this game USA had not dropped a set, however Spain upset the party by stealing the 1st set! before USA came back to steal the game!
I thoroughly enjoyed my beach volleyball evening and learnt lots about the tactics, from when to block, dig, set & spike it was tremendous fun. Huge crowd participation, It was great to see the standing ovation given when some of the military boys were marched in on shift completion to take up some empty seats in the dignitary block. The Legacy from this games is that the sand used at Horseguards during this event will make 80 beach volleyball courts across the UK.... so if one pops up near you, go along its soooo much fun!

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Sunday, 12 August 2012

My Olympic adventure part2

After an afternoon at the Archery and a Birthday dinner at Burger and Lobster it was time for me to head to Horseguards for an evening of Beach Volleyball. Outside of the Olympic park, these have been some of the most sort after tickets during the Olympics and having spent an evening there I understand why.
With much of the afternoon overcast and showery the evening was a burst of sunshine allowing for a rain free fun night at the top of the Mall.
The surroundings and backdrop to this venue are majestic which just added to the magic. Gaining entry halfway down St James park, led you into an area which was of festival feel and nature. Food & drinks areas alongside areas for fun and relaxation. The volleyball icon statues created lots of opportunities for fun photos, and everyone who passed gazed in wonder at the epic sand sculptures!
If I thought there was lots of fun in the sun in the grounds, that was definitely just the warm-up for the main stage which was just fabulous. From the party atmosphere to the beach cheerleaders to the fantastic crowd, it seems that the more noise the better the play!
First game of the evening for me was the women's preliminaries featuring Russia Federation and Canada, many men muttering when the Canadian ladies appeared in their leggings, however think the Russian ladies may have made up for that!.
With Russia beating Canada by 2 sets to ! it was then time for the men to play... USA 'v' Spain, up until this game USA had not dropped a set, however Spain upset the party by stealing the 1st set! before USA came back to steal the game!
I thoroughly enjoyed my beach volleyball evening and learnt lots about the tactics, from when to block, dig, set & spike it was tremendous fun. Huge crowd participation, It was great to see the standing ovation given when some of the military boys were marched in on shift completion to take up some empty seats in the dignitary block. The Legacy from this games is that the sand used at Horseguards during this event will make 80 beach volleyball courts across the UK.... so if one pops up near you, go along its soooo much fun!

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