Girls enjoy Olympic roles

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 August 2012

Sarah Richardson in her costume

Sarah Richardson in her costume

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TWO women from Worle have taken part in the London 2012 Olympic Games in front of millions of people worldwide.

Kristina Lewis, aged 21, of Elton Road, performed in a dance routine for the games’ opening ceremony and carried a placard to welcome in one of the nations during the flag parade.

Ms Lewis even rubbed shoulders with choreographer Danny Boyle, Sir Cliff Richard and rapper Dizzee Rascal before performing in front of The Queen, Michelle Obama and a host of the world’s most important dignitaries – plus 27 million TV viewers in the UK alone.

The ceremony reflected on the key themes and priorities of the London 2012 Games, based on sport, inspiration, youth and urban transformation and included everything from James Bond meeting The Queen to Mr Bean and a history of Britain since the Industrial Revolution.

Ms Lewis said: “It was very surreal when I came through the entrance to the stadium and saw everyone.

“It has been quite challenging, with lots of travelling and late nights, but it was worth it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I watched it on iPlayer afterwards and saw myself. My mum said it was the best performance she had ever seen.”

Ms Lewis, who works as an administrator for Weston Town Council, was chosen ahead of thousands of people after two rounds of auditions and will also perform in the closing ceremony on Sunday.

She added: “Everyone has been really friendly, from the organisers and the teams down to the volunteers helping out. It’s a really great atmosphere.

“I’m just really humbled to be a part of it.”

Others from the area have also got in on the Olympic act.

Sarah Richardson, aged 23, who went to Worle Community School but now lives in London, was also involved in the opening ceremony.

She danced as part of an 800-strong group of people dressed as nurses during the NHS segment of the ceremony after winning through an audition.

Ms Richardson spent 150 hours rehearsing across several weekends for the 11-minute part.

She said: “It was a lot of hard work but it was a really great experience and I would do it again if I could. It was unreal, the noise and the roar of the crowd was amazing. It’s something I will always be able to say I’ve done.”


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