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London 2012

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You may know I volunteered at the London 2012 Olympics as a 'Gamesmaker'.

We were advised not to post anything specific about out role on social
media, but I guess now my involvement is (sadly) over I can share a little
more and a few pictures.

So, my role? A 'Sports Statistician' for the tennis. That's right, every
serve speed, first serve, second serve, double fault, forehand, backhand,
volley, winner, ace, forced error, unforced error throughout the tournament
was observed, called and inputted by a small team of dedicated volunteers,
of which I was a part, and the nice people working with us at Omega.

Despite long hours, a bit of stress, lots of rain, multiple training
sessions since September 2011 it was an incredible experience on all counts.
I got to meet some great people, watch some fantastic tennis, have a laugh,
talk to and assist spectators from all over the world... and wear that very
distinctive uniform!

I am so glad I played a small part in such a fantastic show. On the advice
of Sebastian Coe I can say, "I made London 2012".
25th Aug 2012, 19:09   | tags:,,,

Wendle says:

Okay, i am a tiiiiny bit jealous. But only of all the tennis you got to watch live and for free. Not of the olympics or the work :P

25th Aug 2012, 19:23

Jane Doe says:

I was wondering what your role was, I'm glad you've been able to reveal all!

25th Aug 2012, 21:04

rhys says:

@ Wendle: Lots, and lots of free tennis and arguably the best views too. On the show courts we had very similar 'booths' to commentators and the press so had a very good view. I saw pretty much all the top 20 male and female players (with the exception of Nadal) play, and did the statistics for all their matches!

@ Jane: Yep, bit of an obscure role, but fantastic nonetheless. It was nice to have a specific role rather than a general volunteer. That said, the number of times I was stopped and asked for help was incredible! But all in the spirit of it! Had many a discussion and laugh with spectators from across the world.

25th Aug 2012, 21:34

Twiglet says:

Sounds wonderful! Two of my cousins were Torch Marshals in Bury. : - )

25th Aug 2012, 23:24

Helen says:

Sounds brilliant.

26th Aug 2012, 11:12

Earthlad says:

Ah wondered what you were doing, sounds like you enjoyed the experience, nice one

27th Aug 2012, 23:23