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British student falls hard for T&T at Olympics
“I was holding up T&T sign in the opening ceremony and have fallen in love with everything about Trinidad and Tobago!” British student Amy Wicks wrote on Twitter on August 1. A few days before, as she led the T&T contingent into the Olympic Stadium on July 27, she knew very little about the country. Yet, as the Games drew to a close on Sunday, Wicks, 22, wrote: “Thank you Trinidad and Tobago for your kindness. I’ve had the most amazing experience of my life,” and “Feel really really sad it’s all over. I’ll visit T&T as soon as I can!” Like many of the thousands of volunteers at the Olympic Games, Wicks had just wanted to get involved in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But it was after being selected at random to carry the T&T banner at the Opening Ceremony, she says, “it got really exciting.” Her posts cheering on our athletes caught the attention of Trinis using the popular social networking site and she quickly found herself adopted as an “honorary Trini” by members of the online community. “I love this chick! She is a Trini to d bone. Love her Trini spirit!” one girl posted. “Give this girl a passport!” tweeted another, among hundreds of posts in which Wicks was tagged.
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