DRESSAGER Anne-Marie Perry is desperate to experience the buzz at an Olympic Games - but next time as a competitor, writes CHRIS BELL.
The Elwick-based horse rider is a talented dressage performer and travelled to the Olympic Park this month as part of the Ambition programme, which cherry picks the best young athletes in the country and prepares them for their own Olympic experience.
The highlight of Anne-Marie’s 10-day stay was, unsurprisingly, watching Team GB’s equastrian riders win three golds, a silver and a bronze, two of the golds coming in the dressage discipline.
During her stay in the capital she was not only entranced by the stunning performances, but mingled with celebrities and admits was blown away by the “sheer size” of the athletes village.
“It was just amazing from start to finish,” she told SportMail.
“With the equestrian guys doing so well it made it fantastic.
“Not just the dressage, but the show jumping was just as good.”
She went on: “We visited the GB house and we saw celebrities like Ed Miliband, David Walliams, Dame Kelly Holmes and even Robbie Savage.
“All of that was an experience in itself and I loved every minute.
“We were in the GB house when Bradley Wiggins won (his time-trial gold) and everyone was cheering and jumping.
“We also visited the athletes village - it’s a completely different environment to what other competitions are like.
“It was just incredible.”