September 21 - The Olympic rings were swapped for an engagement ring this weekend as a marriage proposal to British hockey player Rachel Walker (pictured) by the site of the Olympic Stadium became the highlight of Open House weekend on the London 2012 Olympic Park.

The Olympic Park opened to the public for the third year running, with more than 4,000 people joining bus tours around the site to see the huge progress being made in the construction of the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, Media Centre, Olympic Village and other venues and infrastructure across the Park.
Among the visitors was Tom Clift, who during his tour round the Olympic Park, took the chance to propose to his girlfriend Walker next to the site of the Olympic Stadium.

The 30-year-old Walker, who competed in the Beijing Games for the British women's hockey team and who has over 140 international caps, said “yes”.

Clift, 29, is also closely connected to the 2012 Olympics as he works for the Coventry and Warwickshire 2012 Partnership helping to promote the 2012 Games in the West Midlands.

He said: “Given both our passions for the Olympics, it was a dream come true to be able to propose to the woman I love by the Olympic Stadium.

"With Rachel being an Olympian and my own work securing 2012 opportunities and benefits for Coventry and Warwickshire, we’d like our wedding to have a subtle Olympic theme so this was the perfect start to our plans.

"It was great to see the Olympic Park at first hand and I look forward to coming back here as a married man in 2012 to cheer Team GB and possibly Rachel on to gold.”

John Armitt, the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, said: “The Olympic Stadium will be the place for athletes around the world to realise their dreams in 2012 and I’m delighted that it has already given one lucky couple a day they’ll never forget.

"The marriage proposal by the Olympic Stadium was a great highlight of what was a fantastic Open House weekend where thousands of visitors saw at first hand the good progress being made in the construction of the Olympic Park.”