Today we have a guest blog from Kirk Lanckmans, an Anglian Home Improvement’s employee who is taking part in the London 2012 Olympics. Here is his blog telling us about his application and what he will be doing at the games:
“I can still remember the day in 2005 when London was named as the host city for the 2012 Olympics. I was visiting family and we watched the event unfold on TV cheering when the announcement was made. I considered what an amazing opportunity this would be for Great Britain both in a sense of being able to showcase the country and promoting involvement within sports to a whole generation. I remember being a little disappointed to think that I would not be participating in such a prestigious and amazing event since I am not exactly the ‘athletic’ type. Irrespective, I knew that I had to go to the games and watch an event, any event for that matter, to experience the atmosphere of what is sure to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
So when I read some 18 months ago on the BBC website that the Olympic committee was looking for 70,000 volunteers, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved. I didn’t care in what way my services would be needed, whether it would be directing people to their seats or working behind the scenes to keep the games in order. I wasn’t even sure if I would be successful with my application, but I submitted it at the earliest chance I had. A few months passed before any response came from LOCOG (London Organising Committee for Olympic Games), apart from a single email thanking me for my application and informing me that I was one of 250,000 people who had applied! Thankfully an email eventually arrived inviting me to an interview to be a ‘Games Maker’ at the Excel Centre in London. Two interviews and a six month wait later, I was lucky enough to receive an offer to be involved within the games in the Press Operations Photo Team at Wembley Arena.
To say I was thrilled was an understatement as not only was I going to get to see the games, I would also get to be involved with the games at the same time. An opportunity such as this was unlikely to be presented ever again and I was thrilled to be offered the chance to participate and have something to ‘tell the grandkids’. And so now after various training sessions it is the eve of my involvement within the Games. Tomorrow I travel to London to be a small part of what is sure to be an amazing 16 days of sporting achievements which I genuinely hope will leave a lasting impression on more people than just me.”
We will be following Kirk’s progress throughout the week, so make sure you check back Monday for the next blog. Alternatively, look out for his tweets @kirklanckmans.