AFTER a record breaking year for RAF officer Flt Lt Rachael Cadman she was rewarded with a major role in the opening ceremony at the London Games.
Rachael Cadman was chosen to be one of 16 servicemen and women to carry the Olympic flag and the Union Jack at Friday’s opening ceremony.
Rachael was chosen for being the first woman in the world to complete the Enduroman Arch2Arc Triathlon Challenge, running 87 miles from Marble Arch to Dover, swimming the English Channel and then cycling from Calais to Paris in a total of 97 hours.
Commenting on her part in the ceremony, Rachael said: “It was an amazing thing to be part of and really exciting.
“As it was like a military drill we were trying so hard to not get anything wrong.
“We wanted to make sure it was perfect.”
The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics was watched by an estimated one billion people worldwide and saw director Danny Boyle create a spectacle steeped in Britain’s rich history.
Thousands of volunteers were involved in the show, which featured nods to all things quintessentially British, including routines on the NHS and the Industrial Revolution. In addition to the cast of volunteers, there were appearances from celebrities such as JK Rowling, Sir Kenneth Brannagh, Rown Atkinson and even Her Majesty The Queen with Bond actor Daniel Craig.
Rachael added: “The ceremony was excellent and showed the British spirit.
“The James Bond scene was very amusing and the music was fabulous
“For me the best thing was standing in the athletes tunnel before they went out and being surrounded by them.
“That was amazing.”