From the Training Camp to the Village

Really important for sessions in the local Bushy Park and Richmond Park plus on the track at St Marys which we share with S Africa and China . Caitriona Jennings the latest to arrive while Chloe Magee ,Brendan Boyce are well settled as is our nutritionist Sharon Madigan from Letterkenny ,Tori Pena arrives tomorrow via Germany where she has been finalising preparations . 

I'm on the move in a few hours to the village to not only take in the opening ceremony Friday but to check out a few aspects of the weeks ahead and 14 athletes will join me tomorrow to also participate  in The Parade . Last evening a reception was held at St Marys for the teams and one of the speakers was former student ,former world 10000m record holder David Bedford . I briefly caught up with him as we were on the same team !971/72 in the interim he has been until this year Director London Marathon . Yesterday was particularly busy as i dealt with Rte radio and television round the unfortunate relay 4 x 4 selection outcome and the final word on it which was Catriona Cuddihy appeal to Olympic council being upheld . This team is now as of mid Wednesday in camp . 

Have met up with Darren and Grainne O Dea ,Raphoe on a few occassions both living locally working for Pace which Ricky Simms of course heads up . Ricky in Birmingham yesterday checking all grand with the main man Usain ,the Jamacian team are based there .

The local Teddington community delighted and excited to have an olympic team base here are excited not only by that but the fact that the roads round here are being used for the road cycle events and this in tandem with pretty much everything poses logistical and security issues .

Watched the Donegal on a big screen specially organised and that had a positive outcome . Friday it is then the opening ceremony of the London Olympioc Games it seemed so far away some years ago but like everything in life it went to months to weeks and now to days and hours. The biggest sports show on Earth is about to begin and 4 Donegal athletes and 2 officials are a part of it the other official Daniel Magee Badminton manager .

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