We've been hearing from Sport Wales staff who are joining the thousands of volunteers who'll be keeping the Games ticking behind the scenes. Tom Overton is Sport Wales South Central Manager but during Games time he's been working with the Referee Liaison Team.
We’re a week in now and most of the critics have been converted. Even Uncle Arthur has been watching water polo. But there are still a few doom mongers around. If you’re one of them I’d suggest you stop reading.
Game on: I’ve got the refs this far, they’re on their own now
If I’m honest, when I applied to be a Games Maker back in 2010, I’d pictured carrying Mr Bolt’s kit out onto the track for the 100m final. But I was also realistic and can still remember saying that I just wanted to be involved in the Olympics and would be happy "flipping burgers or emptying bins."
|Croeso: The female referees arrive in Cardiff|
Breaking the security convoy to see the sights of Cardiff
They spent an hour having pictures taken with teenagers (and me) who couldn’t believe they had just refereed the Brazil game. After the second game the referee team wanted taking to the shops to buy souvenirs of their time in Wales (Links of London if you’re interested!), before heading back to the stadium to support their friends officiating the GB game. I did suggest a post-match chicken madras in Canton, but they politely declined. The FIFA assessor debriefing and a morning training session might’ve had something to do with it.