‘It will be the Games of our lives’

Going for gold: Barbara Hunter is heading to London for the track and field events at the Olympic Games.
Going for gold: Barbara Hunter is heading to London for the track and field events at the Olympic Games.
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GLENGORMLEY woman Barbara Hunter has said the Olympic Games, which open in London tomorrow (Friday), will provide a ‘once-in-a-lifetime spectacle’.

The 61-year-old clinical nurse is flying out to see a number of track and field events in the impressive Olympic Stadium in the East End of the English capital.

There she will see some of the world’s best athletes take part in various events, including the start of the Men’s Decathlon, and the Men’s 5,000 metres and the Women’s 800 metres races.

She is also hoping to see part of the Triathlon in Hyde Park which is free to the public.

Barbara, who is travelling to the Games with her daughter Kathryn, also has tickets to visit the stunning 115-metre high Orbit sculpture. It is Britain’s tallest sculpture built beside the stadium and offers views across the whole Olympic Park and London.

Barbara, who was a keen runner in her youth, said: “We are really looking forward to it - I can’t wait.

“It is very exciting, we will get to see Mo Farah in the 5,000 metres and also the start of the Decathlon, it would have been nice to get tickets for the next day to see who won the events, but I am just delighted to be going.

“There are all these stories about problems that might happen, but you get that at every major event and everything will be fine in London and we will, hopefully, remember them for being the best Games ever.”

The London Games will not be the first Olympics for Barbara who attended the 1972 Munich Games when Northern Ireland’s own Mary Peters won Gold in the Pentathlon.

Barbara added: “I remember it being very desolate at the time despite the war having been years before.

“But despite that we enjoyed the Games themselves and had a good time.

“London however, will be something else - altogether different, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime show that the world will remember for a long time and to actually be there will be amazing.”