Monday, 4 October 2010
What a wonderful event this was, The first event that I managed to get a date...my lovely boyfriend Petr, who came over from Prague to join me. It was my first time at the event, which was celebration of the Best of British in Olympic sport, and serves as a critical fundraiser for the British Olympic Association to support our nation’s current and future Olympic athletes. I auctioned off a day with me on the ice track in Igls, Austria so one brave person will be getting a lesson from me on the ice and will hopefully enjoy their first taste of my sport!
At 4am the other day I had a car waiting outside my house waiting to make it to TV Centre for BBC Breakfast news. As an ambassador for the London 2012 Volunteering Programme I was encouraging the general public to support and get behind the programme - become a London Games Maker! We are aiming to get 70,000 Londoners to sign up as volunteers. It‘s hugely important to the success of the games and it is one of the big things I remember about Vancouver. It was something for the whole nation and it will be the same here with the bubble of excitement growing in and around London and at the different venues. Obviously there are only so many people who can compete and be competitive but what a good way to help with the experience and to be part of it. Hopefuls must be at least 18 on January 1, 2012, available to volunteer for at least 10 days during either the Olympic Games or the Paralympic Games and at least three days of training before the events....so go and sign up on www.london2012.com
The BGC Partners Charity Day in Canary Wharf on 13th September was an amazing event. It was started five years ago to commemorate those killed during the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York. Lots of celebrites turn up to support & man the phones, helping raise money for all the charities. There was also the opportunity for many of the children who will benefit from the money raised, to meet the stars doing all the hard work for them. Although there were some technical problems, notably when the telephone system went down late in the morning, it didn‘t stop too much trading and commission earnings for the charities. I had my chance to pick up a phone…oh help that was scary, a blur of numbers is shouted at me and I had no idea what to do! I did have someone whispering in my ear telling me what to say and at the end even though it made no sense at all, I had apparently made several thousand pounds from my few panicky minutes!
On the 7th September I was invited to the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London, where a host of handsome men in dinner jackets and beautifully dressed women walked the red carpet to the Royal Opera House. I was lucky enough to be able to take two of my close friends with me, who were only too happy to take up the invite! Walking down the red carpet is still such a strange experience, getting shouted at by the photographers and flashes from their cameras blinding you, but it's enjoyable nonetheless! Thank you so much to the Karen Millen store in Bath who dressed me for the evening, I felt amazing in their Signature Print Dress.