Garry Polkey's Paralympic Blog

Cheshire FA County Football Services Manager Garry Polkey is officiating at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

He has kindly agreed to keep us updated on his Paralympic journey.

Garry, who regularly officiates in the Cheshire Leagues, was selected as part of an elite panel of international referees to oversee the Cerebral Palsy Football at the 2012 Paralympics.

Based at the Olympic Village in London and voluteering at the Hockey Stadium, Garry will be sending us updates so we can follow his journey and get an insight into his perceptive at the Games.

Everybody from the Cheshire County FA would like to wish Garry all the best and say we are very proud of him, not only in representing Cheshire Football but also his country.

 

1st Blog Entry - Let The Games Begin

I arrived in the Paralympic Village at 9.30am on Wednesday (29 August), where we got our kit and allocated room, one picture I have sent is from the balcony.

The village is very large with a massive food hall which consists of British, Italian/ Med food, Asia and Indian food and African and McDonalds, which is always very busy - the food hall is open 24 hours.

I've attached some photos from the opening ceremony to give you an idea of where I was in the stadium.

The ceremony was excellent, I had a really posh meal before the ceremony which they gave us in a pack lunch box, nice touch!

We had a training session today, where I am pictured with the Brazilian and Netherlands officials.

We also had a technical meeting where we were given our referee kit.

Currently my games are Saturday (1 September) which is Netherlands v Iran at 11am as Assistant Referee and then on Monday (3 September) I am refereeing Argentina v Iran at 2pm.

Both will need refereeing well so we are all ready to do a good job.

I hope the weather gets better as its pretty cold and windy here at the moment!

Garry

(To see some of Garry's picures so far please click through the gallery at the top of the page.)

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