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Test events

Before the Games, we took part in many test events to make sure we were ready for the real thing.

What is a test event?

Test events were held in all of the sports venues in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to make sure the venues were suitable and so staff could become familiar with them and plans could be tested.

The first major test event took place at Greenwich Park (pictured), where crowds of up to 4,000 watched equestrian events including dressage, show jumping and cross country as well as modern pentathlon events.

Why did we have test events?

It was important to take part in test events along with other organisations so that our staff could become familiar with the venues and the people who they would be working with during the Games. It was also a good opportunity to put plans into practice around what to do in the event of a medical emergency.

How were we involved?

During the main test events, our staff worked at the venues alongside a team of medical volunteers from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).