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A trip to a wheelchair tennis test event
Posted: 17th May 2012
On 3 May I went to a test event at the Olympic Park. A test event is like a practice so that LOCOG can make sure everything will go well during the Games.
I went because I am part of the Disability Community Engagement team. We give feedback on how the Games can be more accessible for people with a disability.
Wheelchair tennis test event
I went to see the wheelchair tennis test event at Eton Manor. We saw Alfie Hewett play Alex Jewitt. They are both British players. Jewitt won. The score was 6-2, 6-4. I also had a photo taken with the Paralympic Torch!
The Olympic Park
We got off the train at Stratford and walked to the stadium. There were people wearing pink jackets holding big pink signs shaped like hands. They were directing us where to go. There were also big pink wayfinding signs and announcements. It was easy to find the way there.
Then we went through security which was a bit daunting. I had to walk through a metal detector shaped like a doorway and it made a bleeping noise. The security people had to check me but they were very nice. My favourite building at the Olympic Park was the velodrome where the cycling will be.
Because the Olympic Park is so massive, there are golf buggies for people with mobility needs. We went in the buggy which was good because they said it was about a 1 mile walk across the park to Eton Manor!
There is different coloured paving on the ground for people who have visual impairments. The colours will help them see where they are going and find different areas.
Eton Manor was a good venue. It was accessible and easy for people using wheelchairs to get to their seats. I could hear the announcements and there was a big electronic scoreboard. During the Games there will also be an audio description so people who have a hearing impairment can listen to a special commentary. This wasn't being tested but I think it would also be good for people with a learning disability.
After the game we met the Duchess of Gloucester. This was her first test event too. We talked about what I was doing and how I was involved with the Games. There were 2 other test events on that day - hockey and waterpolo.
There were about 6,000 people at the park for the test events that day. During the Games there will be about 175,000 every day which is a lot of people!
It was a very nice day and I really enjoyed going to the Olympic Park, even though it was rainy and wet.