With the tickets for the 2012 Games going on sale last week, the SMJ’s were asked to comment on what they thought about the Games in general and whether they themselves or any of their family and friends were going to buy any tickets?
Here are some of their responses:
Nathan Hanson: 15
My name is Nathan Hanson, I am a 15 year old amateur athlete from Hackney and I go to Islington Arts and Media School and blog my thoughts and feeling about matters like the Olympics on my blog. To me the Olympics is a showcase of the world’s finest sporting talent, and the pinnacle of any athlete’s career. The event I look forward to the most is the men’s 200m final because the 200m is my favourite distance to run and to watch and I want to see how low Usain Bolt can take the world record. I do not actually know anyone who has requested Olympic tickets however I may try to get some for the sprint heats but I will watch the later rounds and finals at home because the tickets seem to expensive for something I can watch on the TV for free and I enjoy watching the race analysis on BBC especially from a legend like Michael Johnson.
Joe Mason: 16
Hi, I’m Joe, 16, from Hackney and live a 10 minute walk from the London Olympics Stadium.
I write a blog about how young people in London like myself can get involved in the 2012 Games. I also research and write about issues in my area that have some link to the games. I show lots of my sport photography on it too which is a key interest for me.
For me the Olympics means the coming together of nations and cultures and the world looking upon your city. The thrilling unexpected news and action of the sport makes it even more exciting and I think that the cycling and swimming will be most fun to watch and experience. They are Britain’s most likely events to win golds in.
My family and I have requested to become volunteers for the games to really capture the full experience of the games and maybe get free tickets or cheaper tickets as a result. The ticket prices are way too much to even think about paying for however I am and will find ways to experience the games as much as possible without paying for a seat in a stadium! My friends feel similar about the ticket price issue however they also are requesting to become volunteers and a couple of my friends are ambassadors for the games and are experiencing tours around the stadium and straight, up front news on issues in and around the Olympic site and new ideas on how to make the 2012 games in London even better.
Jake Morgan-Stead 16
Hey my names Jake Morgan-Stead, I’m 16 . I live in Stoke Newington and go to Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form. I see the Olympics as a wonderful thing, both as an event in itself and also because of the long term possibility it gives to the East End of London, my home, of gaining investment and regeneration. I still think that the word ‘possibility’ in that last sentence is key though, whilst I may be positive about the games I know that some of my peers certainly aren’t and maybe with good reason. They argue that they would’ve rather seen the money spent on public services. My family and I have signed up for tickets, although I’m still pretty unclear about what deal I am likely to get; we won’t be able to afford to visit anything if they intend to charge a family of five more than about £40 each, which is still a large amount of money. To me one of the big tests of the games success will be the number of average Londoners who get to see the big events. After all it is us who will remember the games for the rest of our lives and so it’s important that it is not just those who can afford to pay high ticket prices that get to experience the games first hand.
Sonia Ejaz: 20
I’m Sonia, One of the 9 members of the Social Media Journalists on the Headstart Programme by A New Direction., I am also an Olympics Ambassador for my local borough which is Redbridge, it is an insight into working with the local authority in making sure these events are signposted in all areas and local people will be an active part in contributing to this effect.
From a Young person’s perspective, The Olympics mean a chance for the world to look at the amazing infrastructure and regeneration done to London since we were given the bid to host the games in 2005; I think that this would mean a greater chance for different countries to see how the capital used funding and its spaces properly. The Olympics will bring about a positive change to the people and the area once the games come to an end, it will mean the poorer areas of East London will be given a glance whilst this spectacular event significantly improves the site and the views of many people. It has given London and myself as an individual something to look forward upon, and the excitement exceeds as tickets go on sale next week.
I have signed up to the, regular newsletter for the 2012 Olympics which I receive on an update for the games. It has given me the first chance to register my interest for when the ticket spots open early next week. I am looking forward in placing my interest for the games and attaining a ticket for this event after working hard with Headstart and looking at the legacy from a Young persons perspective, although no one in my family has applied or registered their interest in tickets, it may need some persuading as ticket prices are anything from £20 to £2,012 which is quite a lot of money and in consideration to this, young people should be given some sort of an offer or a concessionary price. Those that live in East London should also be given first priority as they live and work around how the Olympics will change people’s views and poorer parts of East London altogether.
As a young citizen of the UK, I would expect tickets to be of a slightly lower cost and anyone assisting in bringing a change or working on a project for the Olympics should be given a priority in attaining tickets for themselves as well as someone in their family, by doing this it will bring about more people to purchase or work to something they have achieved, the same approach in my view can be done for the Volunteers who are giving up their time to be there at the games next year.
Kimberley Nyamhondera: 16
My name is Kimberley Nyamhondera. I am 16 years old and I live in Hackney and am currently attending Stoke Newington School. A year ago I went to Vancouver during the Paralympics to blog from a young persons perspective about the games. From there I continued blogging about the 2012 games speaking from a young person living in a host borough. To me, the Olympics is an opportunity for young people to get involved in extra activities around their area and help stage the event. I’d like to see the athletics, rowing and diving. My whole family have signed up for tickets but I think the tickets are way too expensive. I also doubt my whole family will be able to go. I don’t think my friends are aware that the tickets go on sale on the 15th but I know that the idea of paying for tickets is putting them off especially after they had their heart set on being volunteers but found out they were too young.
Miranda Williams: 16
My names Miranda Williams, I’m 16 years old, I live in Islington and I currently attend Islington Arts and Media School of Creativity. You can also have a look at my blog at mirandanews.tumblr.com.To me the Olympics is about using sport, something everyone can relate to, even if it’s just knowing someone who enjoys sport, to unite the world. I think I’m looking forward to the 100 metre sprints, because like everybody else, I’m waiting to see how Usain Bolt fares. I’m also looking forward to the swimming, because I love swimming myself.My family and I haven’t attempted to get any tickets to the Olympics, but some of my friends have and are planning to attend some of the events.The prices for the main events, such as the 100 metre sprints finals seem to be really high, so that would definitely put me off buying tickets for that event, if I was to buy tickets to some of the Olympic events, but some event prices don’t seem to high, so I wouldn’t mind buying tickets to them.
Bianca Manu, 16
Despite living in an Olympics bough, the Olympics was as foreign as French to me. With little knowledge (or concern) about sports or the implications of the Olympics I honestly didn’t care what happened.Fast forward three months and I realise how incredibly ignorant I’ve been. Courtesy of A New Direction, I suddenly found myself submersed in Olympic affairs: past and present. What worries me is that not everyone has had an epiphany yet – including several of my friends which means they are unlikely to apply for tickets or actively want to get involved with the games. Despite my new found enthusiasm, I doubt me or any of my family will attend the games based on the vast amount of individuals registering for tickets and the biggest malignity: price.
With speculations of price reaching mammoth amounts like 2012 there’s no chance of me or anyone I know getting a ticket.Personally, as a Londoner who has put up with disruptions like traffic, diverted public transport routes and occasional power cuts, I’m surprised I’m not going to get complimentary tickets. I probably sound like the average stereotype of a pessimistic teenager so here’s the good! On the other hand, I will admit the effect the new developments have had on the surrounding area. Its undeniable the amount of jobs the Olympics will bring and it would be extremely ignorant of me to say the disruptions outweigh the developments. To be frank, getting a ticket to the games would be nice but it’s not the biggest issue. The Olympic authority have guaranteed to put screens up in several public places for those who don’t manage to get their hands on tickets so i guess I’m going to have to adopt a ‘Chin up! Its not the end of the word!’ attitude.