Posts Tagged ‘Paralympic’

- 05 Oct 2012

Mo Farah, OGGSVenue and 2012 Meetpie MIMAs

In my mid-August blog post I made reference to 66 press conferences. By the end of the Paralympic Games we actually ended up with a grand total of 89 press conferences this summer! When Jemma therefore casually mentioned that she may like to try her hand at contributing a guest blog post, I did not have to think too long about it. We are now in our busiest business season. Therefore, may I introduce to you…..Jemma Hunter (Account Executive)…

Hi there, I’m Jemma! I’m a Scottish-born, slightly American sounding Londoner and sometimes known as the “office thespian” (or drama queen!). I suppose you could call me a typical girly-girl as I like all things pretty & pink, I have a huge shoe collection (much to my fiancé’s disgust) and I make accessories in my spare time. I’m also painfully camera shy…

OGGSVenue ladies celebrating their double gold

That’s me in a nutshell, and this is my blog post – I hope you like it!

We thought we’d said goodbye to all the Gold winners for 2012 at the end of the Olympic and Paralympic games but, as it turns out, there were a couple of shiny gold awards in store for OGGSVenue…(although we’d be hard pushed to wear ours round our necks a la Mo Farah).

After the inevitable crash back to reality when the London Media Centre closed, I was thrilled to join our Sales & Marketing team for the 2012 Meeting Industry Marketing Awards, for which we were shortlisted in two categories.

As an all-girl group, you can imagine the amount of primping that went on beforehand! In a flurry of excitement and hairspray, we somehow managed to leave work in time to enjoy a glass of pre-awards champagne. After tucking into delicious grub, courtesy of our friends at The Brewery, and another cheeky glass of bubbly, the awards were set to begin. Tension began to mount around the table as our somewhat distracted Marketing team put on their best “trying-really-hard-not-to-think-about-it” faces.

As our first category was announced (Best Direct Marketing Campaign), our hearts skipped a collective beat.  We never thought we would win Gold for the second year in a row in the same category.

The second award (Best Digital Marketing Campaign) made the night all the more special as this new category was deemed ‘the one to win’. Apparently digital marketing is the next ‘big thing’ or so Anna (the leading light in our Marketing team) keeps telling me.

The feeling when One Great George Street was announced as the winner of both gold awards was simply amazing. I was overcome with pride, both for my talented colleagues and for the fact that I work in this award-winning venue.OGGS truly is a venue to be proud of. It’s a real pleasure to come into such stunning surroundings every day and I love showing our spaces to new visitors and seeing their reactions! That feeling of pride never gets old.

Five very tired ladies, two golds (like Mo), one big celebration. An unforgettable night!

- 16 Apr 2012

Is Goalball the most popular Paralympic Sport?

Paralympic's most popular sport, Goalball
Goalball player professionals?

I don’t really know where to start telling you about this so how about the beginning? Our Sales & Marketing Director popped by my desk a while back in January and started asking me some peculiar questions such as:

  • “What type of wooden floor is there in the Great Hall?”
  • “What is the wall to wall measurement in square feet?”
  • “Is the Great Hall available on the 16th and 23rd of April?”

 At this point I started to get suspicious and simply said….”IT DEPENDS!”
Then the second round of questions made me really shift around my seat a bit:

  • “Would it be ok to throw a 25cm diameter rubber ball with 8 holes and bells in it around our most magnificent room, decked out with gold leaf detail, marble walls, crystal chandeliers, oak floor and painted ceiling?”
  • “Would it be ok to put two goals (9m wide x 1.3m high) at either end of the Great Hall on both days?”

She then said …”Only 65 cheering, over excited, probably amateur players per day” as if to say that makes it better because the Great Hall can take up to 400 people for a reception.

One thing led to another and next thing I know we were chosen by London & Partners to host their Going for Gold, Olympic staff engagement event.  The aim of the Goalball league is to get London and Partners’ staff fired up before the Games, and what better way than through playing one of the most popular Paralympic sports.

What is Goalball?

I decided that it would be best if I found out a bit more so reached for my keyboard to contact ‘Dr Google’ and found out all I need to know on this YouTube video clip.

What happened yesterday?

12 teams with between four and six amateur (hope they don’t mind me saying so!) players in each team fell about blindfolded all day during the qualifying rounds.

The following teams have made it through to the semi-finals on the 23rd of April:
London Fireballs, Beauties and the Beast, Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire, Sepp Reindle Aficionados, Thames Barriers and Tinkle Bells.

The semi finals and final will be played on the 23rd before Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners congratulates the winners and they all head for the Westminster Arms across the road for a well-deserved pint or two. Jessica from our Marketing team will be live tweeting updates so be sure to follow us on Twitter and keep an eye on our Facebook page if you want to know the winners.