Volunteer’s joy at games success

Lauren Lewis who is going to work as a Games Maker at the Paralympics after also volunteering to work at the the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics.
Lauren Lewis who is going to work as a Games Maker at the Paralympics after also volunteering to work at the the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics.

A GRADUATE has scored an Olympic triple by volunteering as a gamesmaker at the Paralympics in London.

Lauren Lewis (pictured), 21, from Morecambe, recently returned from the Olympics after taking part in the opening and closing ceremonies and has also been an Olympic ambassador for her former high school.

Lauren, a sports development graduate from the University of Northumbria, also works as a lifeguard at Salt Ayre Sports Centre.

She said: “I will be part of the events services team at the Olympic stadium, eight days out of 11.

“I will be showing people to their seats, collecting tickets, helping them find the toilets and stands.

“I’ve had one training session so far and my first day will be Wednesday, August 29.

“A year and a half ago I had an interview for the 2012 Olympics and then in May 2012 it was like ‘wow, I’m actually going, I’ve got it’.

“I was a mechanical and I had to interact with the audience. They held these big fabrics and I had to tell them what to do.

“We made sure the audience were swaying to Wonderwall and Park Life, and the audience each had to take a picture so all the flashes went off at once.

“We had to get the audience to do all that from our instructions. There were 200 of us, it was a bit mad!

“I got a high five from diver Tom Daly and I saw local water polo players Becky Kershaw and Alex Rutlidge.

“I got to meet volunteers from all over the world, including Italy, Brazil and the USA.

“I was on a high after the opening ceremony. The volunteers got a standing ovation and I thought, that’s why I’m there to see everyone enjoying themselves.”

Lauren has passed the Heysham High Sports College Olympic baton on to her younger brother, Jamie, aged 16, so he is carrying on the family tradition.

She said: “I feel very proud of myself for volunteering to be a gamesmaker in the Paralympics. I’m really excited but nervous as well.”