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Rita Woods, Personal Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellors' Office

How I’m involved with London 2012: In September 2011 I was offered a role as a member of the Event Services Team at Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park. In July 2010 I completed an on-line application form with personal information and details of the skills I could offer. I had to commit to a minimum of 10 days within the period 27 July – 12 August and to three training days to be held in London between February and April. There will also be an additional trip to London to collect the uniform.

Selection events were held in Weymouth and Portland, Salford, Belfast, Glasgow, Gateshead, Cardiff, Coventry and Plymouth during spring and summer last year and will continue to be held in London until March 2012. My interview was at Warwick University in July 2011 and I was impressed and excited by what I learnt and saw. It was interesting to meet other would-be volunteers of all ages and with varying backgrounds and interests.  

Why I wanted to be involved with London 2012: To be involved, even in a small way, with the London Olympics seemed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, too exciting to miss.  The Olympic Games stand out above all other sporting events, both for the competing athletes, who will have been training for years and for the spectators at venues in the UK and those watching on television from all over the world. The 70,000 Games Makers (volunteers) will play a major part in making the Games smooth-running, successful and memorable for all.   

I particularly enjoy watching athletics and find it exciting to be a spectator at live events -  I’ve been known to scream wildly in support of one or other of my children, never-mind members of Team GB. I have been a volunteer previously at the Aviva / AAAs trials held annually at Alexander Stadium, at the European Indoor Championships at the NIA and at the Birmingham Half Marathon.