‘Long hours, no pay and a mandatory cheery smile…
why do people want to be London 2012 volunteers?’ – Jenny Minard
Back in 2010, before I had even celebrated my 16th birthday, my Dad spoke to me one weekend about applying to be a London 2012 Games Maker. He had seen an article in the local newspaper about it and had done all the research for me – obviously he was very aware that 15yo me wouldn’t really have done anything about it – and all that was needed to be done was to fill out the application form.
Fast forward to January 2012 and I was invited to have both a first and second interview at the London 2012 HQ as part of the 100,000+ strong candidacy search that had been whittled down from an initial 200,000+.
A couple of months later the news then came through, I was one of the luck 70,000 volunteers to be selected to be involved at London 2012! (more…)
‘I lost my leg aged five…
now I’m 1.9 seconds behind Usain Bolt’ – Jonnie Peacock
Although 2008 provided the watershed moment for me in regards to the Olympics, the Paralympics still very much flew under the radar for me. That is, however, until my application to be a volunteer at London 2012 was deemed successful and I was appointed a London 2012 Games Maker for the duration of the 2012 Paralympic Games. As a result, I thought I’d look into the Paralympics in a little more detail and, the more I looked, the more excited I became. (more…)
‘”Inspire a generation” is our motto. Not necessarily “Create a generation” …
which is what they sometimes get up to in the Olympic village’ – Boris Johnson
Although my sport of choice is football, there is something special about the Olympics. I know it, you know it, we all know it. After all, these are athletes at the very peak of their powers, performing in the largest – and one of the oldest – sporting events in the world. Plus the opportunity only comes around once every four years!
Although I know I watched some of the 2004 Athens Olympics, it was the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games that really captured my attention. (more…)