- Created on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:25
A SOUTH DEVON COLLEGE double act is heading to London this summer to help run the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Dot Swann, Centre Head for Adult & Community Learning (ACL) in Torquay, and Lead Administrator Sandra Wills will be voluntarily working for the Olympics and Paralympics from August 5th. They have been given permission from the college to have a late start back next term and work right up to the closing ceremony of the Paralympics on 8th September.
Despite having interviews at different times last summer they have both been selected to be part of the Classification Administration Team for the Paralympics. This is a small team of only 16 out of the 70,000 volunteers undertaking a variety of tasks throughout the games.
“We feel very privileged to have been chosen and are very excited to be part of this amazing event,” said Dot and Sandra, “We are looking forward to being able to watch some of the races, to meet a variety of people from many different countries and to working alongside athletes, trainers, past Olympians and other volunteers. We had to save all our annual leave for this once in a life time experience but feel very proud to be able to give our time and skills for this momentous occasion.”
Training began last February with an orientation day at Wembley, the ladies have also attended role specific events and the collection of uniforms and accreditation passes. They have been lucky enough to have been offered accommodation by friends in London as their original plan, the campsite for volunteers, was beginning to look a bit of a soggy option with the current weather situation. They will be working at the LOCOG headquarters in Canary Wharf during the Olympics and move into Olympic Village for the duration of the Paralympics.
The first event of the Olympics is to kick off later today, two days before the official opening ceremony. Team GB women's football side will get 18 days of sport under way at 4pm against New Zealand at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.