YouGov panellist writes: 'Go Team GB!'
by YouGov in Sports Lab
Fri July 27, 3:55 p.m. BST
Geared-up for this year's Games? Emma, a 19-year-old student from the University of Leicester, writes the first of our panellist blog posts covering the Olympics season - on why she'll be donning red, white and blue to cheer-on Team GB
We're inviting YouGov panellists to submit their blog posts along the course of the 2012 Olympics, to be in with a chance of getting published here on the site.
Emma, who writes today's blog, is a 19 year-old student at Leicester University, and is from Chesterfield in Derbyshire.
**Please note, these are Emma's personal views, and do not necessarily reflect the views of YouGov.
"So it’s coming up to the official launch of the London Olympics and I’m not sure how I feel about the impending opening of the games.
"The adult in me worries over the extortionate amounts of money that have been invested into this project, with cracks already beginning to appear with regards to security.
"As for the horrific unavoidable traffic congestion that will no doubt occur throughout London when I’m trying to quietly be on my way to an alternate destination, well, it doesn’t bear thinking about. There is nothing worse than overfilled trains with grumbling passengers and tired attendants.
"Still, the inner child in me is all too keen to jump head first into the true British Olympic spirit. I most certainly will be cheering on Great Britain (from the comfort of my living room) with red, white and blue painted on my face with novelty head boppers and flags in hand. Any excuse for a themed party!
"British people have always shown fierce patriotism for their country, granted usually where football games are concerned, yet the Olympics appear to be the perfect chance to rally support and show what Britain can achieve and be host to for the rest of the world's watching eyes.
"For many this once in a lifetime opportunity will usher in much needed tourism and income into businesses, encourage and promote family values and all in all instill pride in our country.
"Whereever you turn, particularly in the media, promotion of the London Olympics is simply over flowing with items to purchase, programmes to watch, tickets to buy or activities to get involved in.
"The news is often all too quick to draw attention to the negative impact, certain members of society for instance, are having upon our country, yet I for one believe that more should be made of momentous occasions such as this that can showcase true British talent at its height.
"Dedicated athletes have trained for moments like this. Everything appears to be in place for a set of games to go down in history. Best get my bunting ready!
Go Team Britain!"