Canadians rejoice at 2012 London Olympics

Photo by Natasha Sutton
Vacay.ca Europe Photographer


Darryl Ballantyne, left, and Neilesh Daji, second from left, enjoy Hyde Park with friends during the 2012 London Olympics. (Natasha Sutton/Vacay.ca)

LONDON, ENGLAND — Persistence doesn’t only pay off for Team Canada‘s Olympic athletes. It’s proved to be rewarding for at least two Canadians who’ve ventured overseas to take in the 2012 London Olympics.

Darryl Ballantyne, CEO of Lyric Find, and Neilesh Daji, a strategist at Telus, scored Olympic tickets after trying hard to get into any venue they could. There is a massive controversy over the empty seats seen at many of the Olympics events and yet there are very few tickets for public sale. Despite that fact and although they arrived late to the Summer Games, Ballantyne and Daji managed to score seats for the table tennis championships.

“It’s just really frustrating, but we are not going to stop trying,” Daji said of their intent to pursue tickets.

Even without entry to the top events, the pair from Markham, Ontario have had an enjoyable time in London. Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park have set up fun events and activities through out the day and evening to make sure everyone in the city can get into the mood of the Games, which wrap up on Sunday.

“We’ve been planning to come to London 2012 since Vancouver 2010, but had no idea it would be this difficult to get tickets,” Ballantyne said as he and Daji met up with friends at Hyde Park, site of daily concerts throughout the Olympics.

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