Paralympic opening ceremony 2012
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Paralympic opening ceremony 2012

January 19, 2020

Hi I’m Penny and I was one of 40 disabled people hired as a professional to be an aerialist in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony London 2012 I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta type 3 which means my bones are very fragile. I’ve broken over 200 times and most fractures happen without trauma (I can sneeze and break a rib) I felt very lucky and worked hard to keep myself fit and healthy through out this training time but still to do this day I don’t know how I managed to be fracture free for these 4 months. The first 2 months was training at Circus Space to learn what we could all do working with all our various disabilities The next 6 weeks of rehearsals for the show at 3 Mills Studios where it focused on developing the acts for the show We had to learn 2 aerial acts (things in the air) and work with the volunteers on 2 ground dance acts Yes!!! We did bump into David Beckham and met his kids, they were lovely It took awhile to master using an umbrella in the air whilst somersaulting These were the pictures and videos from the last 10 days of rehearsals in the stadium The most exhausting but exciting time as it was 10 days solid with no days off and things would be changing constantly it was hard to keep up We had the most amazing team looking after us, from physios to riggers making sure we were safe Finally it was show day, time for hair, make up and costume changes We met Stephen Hawkin!!!!! The atmosphere backstage was electric Of course there was always time for fun Never seen so many pairs of Dr Martins before Unbelievable experience to perform to 18,000 people in the stadium 2 aerial performances and 2 ground dance acts A night I will never forget

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