After working in the bid team for two years and the organising committee for seven years - here I was at my home Games in the Olympic Village helping athletes get ready to walk into the Olympic Stadium and proudly represent their country. What a night it was - the eyes of the world were on London and the ceremony didn't disappoint! After that night, the 16 day Olympics whirlwind began.
I worked in the Village at Games time. My job was Deputy Manager of the Services Centre for team officials. There were 205 competing countries, 10,500 athletes and the centre was open from 7am - 11pm every day. Most people think the Olympics start with the Opening Ceremony but in reality team officials, coaches, admin staff, medical teams and of course the athletes start arriving in the Village much earlier. As soon as they landed in London they were our guests and we needed to look after them 24 hours a day. We had a team of 50 staff and 20 Games Makers volunteers working in the Services Centre who kept it running day and night - every single one of them an absolute star. To be in the heart of the Olympic Park at Games time working with the athletes of the world alongside these amazing people was just incredible.
My highlight has to be Super Saturday. This is the biggest night of athletics in the Olympics. We sat nervous and excited as Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford won gold medals for Team GB all in the space of 44 minutes - indescribable, no feeling like it... It was electric, looking around the crowd, everyone was smiling, waving flags and savouring the atmosphere. There was an overwhelming sense of passion to cheer on the athletes as loudly as we could.
It felt like we had only just started and before we knew it we were planning for the Closing Ceremony - this time we were all a little more relaxed. Everyone was excited if quite sad to see it all come to an end. But the time had come and we helped the athletes parade into the stadium for the final time. We saw the Spice Girls head up in their taxis into the middle of the Stadium, we enjoyed the fantastic symphony of British music and listened to Dr Jacques Rogge, IOC President, as he announced the Games had been 'Happy and Glorious' followed by the biggest fireworks display I've ever imagined. We celebrated the night away after what can only be described as the one of the best experiences of my life.