On Friday I was lucky enough to be invited into the IAAF VIP box to watch the men's high jump qualifying competition with former high jumper Brendan Reilley and other celebrity guests. We had a great view from up at the top by the 100m start line and did our best to follow the frenetic action on the infield below. Before the competition even started I was amused to see Gianmarco (Gimbo) Tamberi, the Italian jumper, working the crowd and getting them on his side even as he walked out onto the track from the tunnel!
Yesterday was the first session of the London 2017 that I've watched live and it was like a dream! I took the train down from Loughborough and even within the carriage there were several other people also making their way to the stadium who were brimming with excitement just like me! We chatted about which events we were looking forward to and it made me remember from 2012 how sport can bring people together.
We had a record number of employees sign up to hear Isobel's speech in the Gherkin last year and they weren't disappointed. She brought youthful enthusiasm to our office and inspired us with tales of her career and her dreams for the future. Isobel is a captivating young woman and we wish her well for a bright future, on her journey to Rio 2016 and beyond!