While London 2012 is an exciting opportunity for the city and the UK as a whole, it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. As a former Olympian and the current chairman of the English Institute of Sport, I am passionate about sport and thrilled to help bring the adventure of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to my home nation.
I’ve experienced the highs and lows of the event as a commentator for the BBC at the past five Olympic Games and I’m honoured to continue in this role as the BBC’s Chief Athletics Commentator at London 2012.
So what will this new role bring me? Not only will I be on the frontlines, mixing with the athletes and spectators, but I’ll also be working with the company that plays such a critical role in making all this possible.
Atos Origin’s technology delivers the information I need to prepare my commentary, before, during and after the action takes place. When an athlete smashes the world track record or a gymnast delivers a show-stopping routine to bring home gold for their country, it’s these systems that will bring the emotions direct to viewers around the globe.
As an athlete, I also understand the challenges of a career in sport. While nothing feels better than achieving a personal best or, better yet, edging out the competition to win, training is expensive and financing it can be stressful. Atos Origin is proud of its ‘Athlete Bursary’ scheme which helps the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians with practical initiatives such as buying clothing and equipment, paying for training and funding competition expenses.
With a little more than two years to go, we are looking forward to a spectacular event. Be prepared to be dazzled!