Brownie Niamh opens the Olympic Stadium
With just days to go until the opening ceremony of the
2012 Olympic Games, Brownie Niamh tells us how she was part of an
unforgettable event - the opening of the Olympic
'On Saturday 5 May, I opened the Olympic Stadium. I was there
with my family for the “2012 hours to go” entertainment evening and
ceremony. I knew I had a 1 in 100 chance that I might open the
Stadium but I didn’t think it would be me at all.
'At the end of the games, the Paralympian archer Danielle Brown
shot an arrow into a spinning wheel with blue and pink sections and
it landed on the pink, so they put up another target
that had only girls' names on it. She shot another arrow and it
landed on my name.
I couldn’t believe it! I imagined there must be another girl with
the same name there.
'I was collected from the crowd with my mum and we had to
run to the athletes' entrance, with lots of security people. I was
nervous and a bit happy and excited. As we were running, people
kept telling me what to do, like put on an Olympic
jumper (which I got to keep) and about pressing the
'Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson gave me two tickets for the
opening ceremony and Gabby Logan brought me onto the pitch. All the
lights were turned off except for a spotlight on me and there was a
lot of noise as people were clapping and cheering.
'Lord Coe and I pressed the button, and 2012 white balloons
were let off into the sky. Afterwards lots of people were asking me
questions and taking photos of me! I’m on lots and lots of websites
now, even the International Olympic one. I was on London Tonight
the next evening, and have been in lots of newspapers.
'I feel really lucky this happened to me - I will remember
the evening forever.'
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