President’s Voice – Gideon SA
Greetings from London… there is a definite buzz around the athlete’s village that you cannot miss when you enter it.
The athletes representing their different countries walk around full of confidence.They are all so well-conditioned and you can see it in how the manner in which they strut around to show their athletic bodies.
It is here where you find our athletes going about quietly preparing for their events. The support staff for athletes are stretched to the limit handling queries and requests from parents and friends keen on meeting the athletes.
There are members of the media who would like to profile our athletes andcalling to secure an interview. I guess all this would be easy to handle but the set-up at the athletes village is such that security rules supreme.
What under normal circumstances would be an easy request to deal with, becomes a mission that is virtually impossible.
But our team is coping well with this and the way in which we opened our campaign could not have been better. The opening ceremony was a pleasure to watch and I hope South Africans also enjoyed it. we received very positive feedback on the look and feel of the outfit of our team.
On the sporting front, as expected it has been a mixed bag of results. Some team members found the going extremely difficult and did not make it past the first round.
They have to go back to the drawing board and see where it all went wrong. For some the battle is still on and for swimmers Cameron and Chad the campaign has been a success. Also our lightweight fours rowing combination excelled to win an unexpected gold medal.
They really set the scene alight and announced our presence at the Games in great style. Congratulations to these gallant competitors; they have made us all proud.
We are not done yet and next time I will share with you a deeper analysis of what is happening here.