Let the Games begin

Stewardship Coordinator, Teresa Plant in the Alumni Relations Team will be beginning her official Games maker volunteer role this Monday as an Athlete Services Team member for the Table Tennis competition at the Excel Centre in London.

Teresa previously volunteered at a big sporting event as a Press Assistant for the Table Tennis Centre at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, writing up results and copy for the official games news service.  Having become enthralled by this fast and furious game, she has been keen to be involved with the Olympics ever since London secured the games in 2005.

Teresa will be one of the 70,000 Games maker volunteers who will be working at the games in a vast variety of roles across the competition.

She is particularly looking forward to seeing some faces from the 2002 competition including Nigerian, Segun Toriola who took gold in the Men’s Singles competiton in 2002, and who she was delighted to see will be competing in London.

Whilst Manchester holds fond memories of hanging out with the friendly Jamaican relay team, she is looking forward to donning her uniform, and creating new memories for London 2012.

Racket control

Her London 2012 role requires racket control, and managing the training areas and schedule for the warm-up areas, and practice courts.  She is dreading having to kick a potential gold medal winner off the practice tables if they overstay their allotted time!

The role requires helping athletes behind the scenes and in the run up to the matches, making sure the press don’t intrude on the training areas, and bringing athletes up to the call out areas, just before they start their match  – the benefit of being based she says behind the scenes is getting to see and know the athletes when they are more relaxed in training, and hanging out in the athletes' lounge.

Having undergone a series of training days with other volunteers, she is now ready and looking forward to starting her role, and being involved at the heart of the games. The Excel venue is one of the biggest venues of the games where sports: Boxing; Fencing; Taekwondo; Judo; Wrestling and Weightlifting are also being hosted.

As well as soaking up the atmosphere of the games, meeting the athletes, and seeing the games in motion, she is particularly looking forward to the technical rehearsal of the opening ceremony next week where games makers are invited to view the practice ceremony before the real event on the opening day on Friday 27 July.

Good luck to all!