A YOUNG musician is looking forward to life on Wearside after a summer of excitement.
Sarah Fisher, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is an accomplished drummer and was chosen to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Now, after the excitement of those events, the 18-year-old this week began her music studies at the University of Sunderland.
The teenager, from Dunstable, who has battled her mobility and speech problems to become a cub scout leader, is known for throwing herself into lots of activities, such as taking part in a world scout event in Sweden.
After being one of thousands chosen to take part in the Olympic opening ceremony, Sarah threw herself into the endless rehearsals in East London with a sense of pride.
She said: “At the actual performance, in front of a capacity crowd, the stadium just vibrated.
“It was noisy, it was mad, it was wonderful.”
Later, she heard from producer Danny Boyle that she was wanted for the closing ceremony and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.
Her drums were also in action in Trafalgar Square during the Team GB Celebration Parade, where she got to meet some of the medalists.
She said: “In my wildest dreams I could not imagine this. It took my breath away.”