This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games and more than two-thirds of the UK public think that it was well worth the £8.77bn that was spent on it. But what have we learnt from the games and did it leave a legacy?
Indeed, a legacy has been left. For me, I believe we etched ‘London’ into people’s ears as a praised city. ‘Well done for putting on a wonderful event.” is often said to us Londoners all the time since the games.
In a sense, it brought us all closer together and not just Londoners. The games brought the whole of the United Kingdom closer together. We all learnt to help our community and do more for it. We learnt to not let dreams stay as dreams. Seeing the successes of our very own Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins etc… it taught us to never give up on our dream, whatever that dream may be.
It also taught us not be a cynic and have faith in our city. I can hold my hands up to that. Before the Olympics, being the usual Londoner that I am, I thought the Olympics would go belly-up. I never thought we would have left that much of a legacy but we have and it is amazing.
It helped the local economy in more ways than we ever thought. It made young people to take up sport instead of staying on the streets. It did give us a meaning and we are all just thriving in the legacy because London has never been the same since.
On a personal level, I believe it has done wonders to the local area. Growing up here, I have seen it all ever since I was young. From a drudgery part of East London, quite a disadvantaged, working-class area, I have seen it become a wonderful and stunning touristy area in just 7 years.
When it was in the making, our community was so excited yet nervous because of our expectation of the Olympic Park and the surrounding area was very high indeed and thankfully it met our expectations and one year on, East London is still glowing and the legacy of the Olympic Games is shining through.