My favourite part of any games opening ceremony is commenting on the sartorial elegance or more likely, the fashion faux pas that occur. I am always happy that some countries choose to sport their national costume ranging from sarongs, grass skirts and even the eponymous Bermuda shorts. But with others opting for the more unconventional lurid shell suit and Team GB's homage to a 1990's East 17 pop video, I am never ceased to be amazed.
We have come a long way since the early days of the Paralympics when athletes often provided their own clothing, and opening ceremony blazers were fashioned out of old blankets. The enormous amount of kit received by this year's Team GB highlights the difference between the leftover kit from the Olympic team that was dished out to the Paralympic team of 1992, with Paralympic badges sewn over the Olympic rings logos. The kit that was either very small or very big, reminded me of an old joke involving wounded servicemen and women meeting the Queen who after asking where they sustained injuries comes to a man with no hands, when she asks him where he 'got it' he rolls up the sleeves revealing his hands and says "Burton's, Ma'am, and it's going back in the morning!"
As a Wheelchair Fencing Official at the Games I will be summoned to a uniform fitting prior to the Games, and although we are consoled by the fact a tailor will be on hand to make any necessary amendments, I can't help but worry a little that I might end up as the punch line in that old joke at some point.
However, I find myself having a 'Dragons Den' moment wondering if Scope could possibly utilise the leftover material from cut-off sleeves, trouser legs and odd shoes that will no doubt be lying around – but this will surely have been thought of already by the legacy and sustainability departments – won't it?