Glennis Hooper

Why can't the Olympic spirit remain all year, asks Glennis Hooper
Why can't the Olympic spirit remain all year, asks Glennis Hooper

I never thought I would admit to this, but I have been, and still am, hooked on all aspects of the Olympics; feeling very proud to be British. The opening ceremony was, I thought, truly amazing and, when time has allowed, I have been watching many of the events on the television.

But, last week, my friend and I were fortunate enough to be able to go to London, to the Excel arena to watch the women’s team table tennis rounds; table tennis being a sport that I loved and gained so much enjoyment from when I was younger. The atmosphere from when we first got on the train at Wellingborough was electric, as other supporters were also travelling down, attired in their Union Flags and other adornments.

The first thing we noticed was how friendly and chatty everyone was and this was the case throughout the memorable day we had. We may not have watched team GB perform but it was an absolute honour to be able to feel part of the celebrations and activities and to see the masses of people, of all nationalities, unite, all happy and smiling.

It was a truly amazing experience and as we sat and “people-watched” we both discussed why people can’t be friendly and sociable like this all the time – this aspect of life costs nothing and makes life so much happier. Very well done to all the organisers and volunteers and of course, to Team GB, and to the man who was giving out welcomed, and free, ice creams as we got on our train home to rest our weary bodies and reflect.