So tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from?
My name is Susie Rodgers. I’m from the UK, I live in London, work for the British Council, and I’m also a swimmer and I’ve just been selected to represent this country as a Paralympic swimmer in the 2012 Games.
Tony: Excuse me, we have tickets for the athletics this afternoon – where do we need to go?
Steward: Can I see your tickets? Oh yes, that’s the North Stand – you want Block 205.
Tony: OK. Thanks. How do we get to that?
Steward: Just follow that path for about 200 metres. You should see the sign for Block 205. Please then use the lift to travel to Level 2.
Ticket attendant: ... Tickets, please.
Tony: Here you are.
Ticket attendant: Seats C32 and 33. Follow the signs to the lift and get off at Level 2.
Tony: Where can we get something to drink?
Ticket attendant: There’s a stall over there with soft drinks and snacks.
Tony: Thank you.
Max: …Hi there – a sparkling mineral water, please. What can I get you, Tony?
Tony: Orange juice for me. Do you need some money?
Max: No, it’s my treat. And one orange juice, please.
Vendor: Three pounds, please.
Tony: Right, here’s the lift. Here we are. Level 2. Seats 32 and 33. What a great view!
Max: Fantastic! I’m really looking forward to this!
London has a number of important venues for both sport and other entertainment such as music, including Wembley Stadium with a capacity of 90,000 and the North Greenwich Arena with up to 20,000.
If you looked up ‘spotting’ in the dictionary, you would usually see explanations connected with ‘seeing’ and ‘raining’. However, ‘spotting’ in weightlifting is different and it means supporting another person during a weightlifting exercise. It is particularly common, and recommended, when doing the bench press, which is the type of weightlifting done in Powerlifting. This is because of the risks of lifting a heavy weight while lying on your back.
Spotting takes place during both training and competition. In training, the emphasis is on helping the athlete lift more than he could normally do. Correct spotting involves knowing when to help with a lift, and encouraging your training partner.
In competition, the role of the spotter is very important. The athlete may request the help of the spotters when removing the bar from the racks. Of course there is the obvious role of catching the bar in the event of an accident to prevent injury.
But the spotter cannot help the athlete in any way to lift the weight. From the moment the referee gives the signal ‘start’, to the moment he gives the signal ‘rack’, the competitor will be disqualified if the spotter touches the bar.
In both training and competition, good spotting involves knowing exactly when you should or should not intervene.