Our intrepid Legacy Volunteers are having a ball out in Rio, getting behind the scenes and close to the action. Here’s just a few recent highlights.
Karolyn captures some of the Legacy Volunteers.
On your marks…!
At a sponsor’s event.
Karolyn and a fellow volunteer at Rio 2016.
Karolyn: “First shift at mens road race in 35 degree heat was draining, but the locals kept me alive with factor 50 and 90 in one case and free cold coconuts (best ever).
One spectator even texted his mum to bring me home cooked food!”
Celebrating while watching the Opening Cermony.
The swimming venue at Rio 2016.
Volunteer Vin says: “Great first few days in Rio. I’ve settled in but the place is not to the expectations I’ve been told about. No mosquitos, no crime, traffic better then London, the locals talk to you and go out of their way to help you, I’m English so I can’t get use to that.
On today’s first shift it was just like London all over again entering the Olympic park, minus the queues. Everyone turned up for their shifts and welcomed me with opened arms.
The athletes are happy to be here and happy with the Village life.
My role at the press conference rooms is going to be great. The USA men’s basketball team, Andy Murray, Martina Hingis and dozens of other athletes and coaches have been and gone through today. All in a day’s work for an Olympic volunteer.”
The beach art/sandcastles has been amazing.
Judith: “An amazing day of sightseeing. Sorted out transport and then walked our socks off and climbed stairs… and stairs… and stairs.”
Ruth: “First shift completed at the x-park / Parque Radicale / WWS / White water sports. Today men’s canoe and kayak.
Finally got to meet my team who are from literally all over the planet (we are language services).”
Helen: “What a start to the Games! Meeting amazing people, exploring new venues and getting to grips with the timing/scoring.
What a lovely torch/flame. Thankfully this one wasn’t lit!”
Some of the Legacy Volunteers.
Vin holds the Olympic torch.
Making new friends on a day off.
Vin: “The first week has been amazing! Plenty of time to work, rest and play.
My role in the press conference centre gives me an opportunity to meet so many people from journalist, athletes, coaches etc but the best bit is meeting so many volunteers from around the world. We are a small and a close team and all get on really well.
My job involves welcoming the athletes and delegates, escorting them to the press conferences, holding the microphone for those wanting to ask questions, sound checking, setting the table with name tags and drinks and manning the doors to make sure only journalist get into the room.
In between my shifts I am getting a chance to watch some sport too and plenty of socialising. The whole place is buzzing.
It reminds me of London 2012 but more colourful and vibrant.
I’ve met so many people I know from back in the UK and made so many new friends. What an experience!”
The Rio logo brought to life.
Steve at the basketball.
Mandeep at the gymnastics.
You might recognise the aquaduct from the Opening Ceremony.
Security for the cycling road race.
Steve & Mary leaving the Legacy signature on wall on Sugar Loaf mountain.