It would seem fair to say that the London 2012 Olympic Games did a pretty good job of invigoration the nation! Even for an ‘armchair’ viewer, who didn’t attend any of the events, it was still easy to feel part of it with all of the media coverage; it still felt very much like ‘our’ Olympics.
There always appeared to be someone who knew someone who was a friend of a competitor or a ‘Games Maker’. Just knowing someone who was directly involved seemed to make it even more interesting and exciting, so it was a very pleasant surprise to hear from Sita soon after the closing ceremony.
Sita has been a student at Gilmour School of Dancing in Fleet for many years and now, having recently completed her degree, is back in a teaching capacity. To top off what has been a momentous period of her life, she was selected to be part of the 'Corps de Ballet' for the closing ceremony of the Olympics and with that, an amazing opportunity to share the stage with Darcey Bussell.
This 'dream turned reality' almost didn’t happen as shortly before the ceremony, Sita tore her hamstring in the penultimate rehearsal, putting the whole thing in doubt for her. With the help of the physiotherapists, a healthy portion of grit and determination and some ‘Kinesio Tape’ which, after 2012 seems to have become a fashion accessory, she made it to the stage!
A once in a lifetime experience deserves to be commemorated and as well as having her well worn pointe shoes signed by former stars of the Royal Ballet, Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope, she also got to keep the costume from the show. With this combination, we had all the ingredients for a great photo-shoot!
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