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January 30, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

My Impressions of Opening Ceremony

By Rob Powell

Team Great Britain at the Opening Ceremony

This is going to sound really cheesy but the arena was full of so much love and joy; high fives were in abundance, big smiles all around, laughter, cheers and cuddles. I have never seen anything like it. You may know that Special Olympics is across the globe, but it’s only when you attend a World Games that you see how huge the movement is. This is surely the world’s biggest (and best) kept secret – how something so international, diverse, multi-cultural, inspiring, heart-warming and downright cool can happen without the world looking on is unbelievable. We used Great Britain pin badges to swap with other teams to build a collection and pin on our credentials passes. It’s a bit of a Special Olympics tradition and the team (and myself) had great fun approaching the other teams to swap badges. It was like being back in the school playground with soccer stickers! I also set up my own little challenge, to get as many photos of other Special Olympics’emblems. Please check out how I did!

About Rob Powell: I am the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Europe's leading legal and tax service provider and a proud sponsor of Special Olympics.

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