London 2012 Olympics will be remembered as ‘The Friendly Games’. Why? Because from the moment you got off a train or a bus, you were greeted with a smile by any of the 70,000 wonderful volunteers. They helped everyone and they had fun. Spectators had fun. And so did the athletes.
Backstage London 2012 and the volunteers’ after party with the athletes
So here’s what it was like to be a volunteer. To give up your time for, long hours, exhausting days and no pay. Buy hey, “It felt amazing…… it was literally just sparkly and shiny and bright and loud…the music…everyone was pumped (‘excited’)…everyone was shouting..you didn’t see an unhappy face….everyone was smiling……everyone was so energetic….everyone just came together…..and it was like a big Olympic family really!” said volunteer, Victoria Irving from the University Of East London.
Here’s Victoria’s story that she’ll pass onto her children and her children’s children……You can too……pass it on…..
Backstage London 2012 – Volunteer Pride (video)
What was it like when you walked into the (unfinished) stadium?
First thing was just wow – really. When we got there, they were still building it. So it was nice to actually sit there and watch all the workers put it together while we were there and rehearsing around everyone (including) the contractors and getting to see it (literally) build up (basically).
What was it like when you walked into the (packed) stadium?
“It was literally just sparkly and shiny and bright and loud…the music…everyone was pumped (‘excited’)…everyone was shouting..you didn’t see an unhappy face….everyone was smiling…everyone was so energetic….everyone just came together….
Backstage Olympic 2012 One Big Olympic Family (video)
Any special moments come to mind?
It would have to be just putting on our bibs, first of all. We had to wear bib numbers and then getting our flags and meeting the athletes as well at the end. We got to have a little secret party with them in the stadium at the end. …..
Before the Olympics we made a video which asked the question: ‘Anyone For Olympism?‘. Looking back now, we can say ‘yes’ everyone, it seemed, was for Olympism. The friendly atmosphere was infectious. Athletes displayed great sportsmanship. The crowd displayed great sportsmanship. For more than two weeks sport and sportsmanship brought the world together and generations will remember London 2012 as ‘The Friendly Olympics’.
Note 1: TEDxTallaght Video called ‘How Sportsmanship Can Save The World‘ proves that sportsmanship can stop wars and boost diplomatic relations (15 mins).
Note 2: The Campaign For Courtesy also lent its full support to the volunteers.
See also: Anyone For Olympism? which explains the whole Great Sportsmanship (educational) Programme in a spectaculor 4 minute video.