A couple of weekends’ ago, I was invited to join Crown Business Communications who have been organising the Games Makers orientation programmes to see first-hand what the Games Makers journey has been to date and will be going forward.
The Games makers are the 70,000 volunteers who will be the face of the games and where roles vary from helping athletes in the village, collecting and distributing results to officials and the Press at the various venues to welcoming spectators into the park and other venues.
The orientation event was a great opportunity for the volunteers to hear about the Olympics and the important roles they will play to make the London 2012 Games a success. A variety of people such as Paul Deighton (Chief Executive of LOCOG), Chris Holmes (Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer and now Director of Paralympic Integration) and the very funny Eddie Izzard all talked about why the volunteers were vital to the Games and about the training they had ahead of them leading up to the Games and the support they would receive during.
After the event I caught up with some of the Games Makers, they were all so excited to be “the face of the Olympics” and varied in a range of people from the Plymouth Argyle FC Mascot, retired teachers, students, doctors, chefs and so on.
The one common theme throughout though was the excitement and buzz about the Games and the part they will play in making it a great success.
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