Games Makers aim for Olympic successBy Jon Nurse
July 25, 2012
Olympic organisers called for more than 70,000 Games Makers to volunteer to help at the London 2012 Games – and Wokingham answered.
Volunteers across the borough are being kitted out to play their part in history.
Games Makers are taking on a variety of roles across the venues, from welcoming visitors to transporting athletes and working on technology behind the scenes.
Mohan Banerji of Tanglewood, Finchampstead, who is volunteering in the Olympic village, said: “I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. I’m in a team of 14 people that works to resolve issues between the country’s delegations and their volunteers.
We want the Games to be the best they’ve ever been.”
The 63-year-old is loving being in the centre of the action and has already seen Andy Murray and the Brazilian football team.
“Before the athletes started arriving on the 16th it looked like a ghost town, but things are beginning to heat up,” Mr Banerji said. “The village is looking unbelievably colourful.
“Each team is coming and decorating their apartments inside and out. The Canadians have a huge red moose in their area.”
Christine Callaghan, of Chatsworth Avenue, Winnersh, who carried the Olympic flame in Egham on Tuesday, July 10, will be working as a Games Maker at The ExCel centre in London.
She said: “The Games Makers are trained, the athletes are raring to go, Great Britain is ready – let us all have a fantastic Olympics 2012!”
Mrs Callaghan took the torch to Emmbrook Infant School on Monday, July 16, and the children raised more than £150 for the NSPCC having their photos taken with it.
“I will take it anywhere so as many people as possible can hold this beautiful torch,” she said.
The grandmother will also bring the torch to Sainsbury’s in Winnersh tomorrow and the Olympic Opening extravaganza in Loddon Valley Leisure Centre on Friday evening.
Julie Sheppard, headteacher at Oaklands Infant School in Crowthorne, will be driving Olympic officials around London during the Games – although she hopes to chauffeur a few famous faces as well.
She is one of a team of drivers who will ease dignitaries through London’s congested streets in a fleet of Olympic BMWs. Miss Sheppard took her uniform into school at the end of term to show her excited pupils.
She said: “I don’t know who I will be driving yet, but I hope to have someone famous in the back of my car.
“I will be telling the children all about it in September.”