West Dorset gamesmaker honoured for involvement in Olympics

Dorset Echo: GAMES ON: Craig Sorrell from Shipton Gorge GAMES ON: Craig Sorrell from Shipton Gorge

A West Dorset basketball fan and Olympic Gamesmaker has been awarded one of only 25 official London 2012 basketball game balls as a thank-you for his work.

Craig Sorrell from Shipton Gorge also had the idea of organising a basketball match to be hosted by the Basketball Games Makers, an idea that the Olympics Committee have welcomed and the match.

During his stint at the Games, Craig, who plays point guard for Bridport Basketball Club Evolution, met celebrities like David Beckham, Boris Johnson, and Michelle Obama.

But Craig, who lives with partner Kate and daughters Madison and Marnie, says the biggest thrill was being able to get close and interact with some of the biggest basketball stars from around the world.

Once the games began Craig found himself sitting on the closest seat to the basketball court with 20,000 spectators chanting and cheering.

“It was an amazing atmosphere inside the arena, I had to keep telling myself that I was actually there and it wasn't just a dream!” said Craig, now back to his day-job as an electrician for Salway Ash company Peter George Electrical.

Craig says he feels inspired by London 2012 and his involvemnet in it and he came away with some amazing souvenirs including a special edition relay baton and a signed shirt from his favourite American basketball player.

And the Olympic Game ball is not going to be bounced around on the Bridport court.

“I am getting a glass box to put that in!” he vowed.

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