After some late night bar antics last night from the Royal Marine lads (!), today was an opportunity for the team to get in some additional practice but also to do any last minute shopping before the Games start tomorrow as after that, it will be non-stop until we go home on 17 May.
This morning saw Nevs smash up the sprinting on the track, it’s one of the first times he has sprinted but was really impressive. Our photographer, who also used to be a sprint coach, which has become quite handy, was giving him tips on starting positions as well as giving the relay team a bit of a coaching session.
After the morning practices (track, field, archery and swimming) the team had a bit of downtime to get any additional equipment or supplies they needed for the week ahead. Luke had to replace his swimming shorts following an unfortunate splitting incident earlier in the week – we’re not sure that he made the appropriate choice of replacement swimwear however…
Following registration, where the team were given their passes and a goody bag of Warrior Games stuff, it was off to the athlete’s reception which was put on by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Deloitte. It was a chance to eye up the competition as well as, for some of the athletes who attended last year, catch up with fellow competitors.
We left the reception at around 2100 then it was back to the hotels for a good night’s sleep before the big day tomorrow - a meet and greet with Prince Harry, the opening ceremony and the exhibition volleyball game.
Everyone seems a little on the subdued side today, I think in anticipation of tomorrow and what the rest of the games will bring. Now it gets serious…
But there is also an air of excitement (and perhaps a little hysteria based on the journey home with newly nicknamed ‘stand-up comedian’ Ben Waggon who kept us all entertained) and I personally, can’t wait to see what we can do!
Don’t forget to show your support during the games by following the team’s progress on social media using #warriorgames & #ukheroes
The Opening Ceremony will also be streamed live athttp://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/3011 at 2145 tomorrow.
Stay tuned tomorrow…