Ipswich: Games Makers want to be part of the Olympic legacy

IT IS a once in a lifetime opportunity.

And that is why Ipswich resident Tom Pickover signed up to be part of the Olympics legacy.

The 28-year-old will take on his role as a Games Maker which will see him assist the public in the main Olympic Park.

He said: “My role will be welcoming the public, helping them with their tickets, directing people to their seats and making them happy.

“It is exciting because I have all of my gear and it’s so soon.

“I decided to do it because I have been to a couple of World Cups now and I know that the volunteers make the experience better. So I thought it would be good to welcome everyone coming to the Olympics – especially since it is in our own back yard.

“I have a lot of time for other volunteers so I’m pleased to play a part in this.”

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When it was announced London had secured the Olympic Games, Rob McDermott, knew he had to be there.

The 61-year-old, of Westlands, Martlesham Heath, was cheering in front of the TV when the announcement was made on July 6, 2005.

Mr McDermott, a father-of-four, is set to volunteer in Events Services during the Paralympic Games. He is volunteering for eight days.

He said: “I was delighted when I found out I had been selected. It is a very exciting time and I am looking forward to getting out there.

“I’m happy to be out there with the people rather than being stuck in an office.”

For more Olympic news, see our London Calling section above.

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