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“Giving back had made me a better human being”

You probably haven’t given a second thought to how the athletes get from their accommodation to their venues during an Olympic or Paralympic Games. But one of our Legacy Volunteers, Lisa Blythman-Wood thinks of nothing else.

Following on from her time as a Games Maker at the Paralympic Games in London, Lisa is now volunteering in Rio. She has reprised her role with the Transport Team in the athlete’s village and is loving every minute of it.

“It has been another hot day in Rio with little or no breeze, if only this had remained the same for the whole day.



Volunteering at the Rio Paralympics

Join In Legacy Volunteer Chris Thorn loved lending a hand at the Olympics in Rio – now he’s helping out at the Paralympics.

“It’s the Paralympics Opening Ceremony tonight and after two full days of intensive training by Omega’s Josh and Hannah (the best Floridian double act since Mickey and Minnie), I can’t wait to start on Friday – as a Caller in the statistics and technology team at the wheelchair tennis.

If we are scheduled to work in the two big show courts, there will be three of us up in the rafters in a little box – one on radar, one caller, one stats input. It will be our job to activate the service speed gun and to mark the direction of the serve that you see on TV graphics (wide, body or centre) for commentators, coaches, athletes and fans to analyse the game.


London to Rio and back – the legacy volunteers return

Most of our Join In Legacy Volunteers have now returned from Rio, tired but elated at their experiences from the first Olympic Games to be held in South America. Here they each choose their personal highlights of what it was like to volunteer at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Steve Morris

“There were so many memorable moments and experiences that I struggle to choose a favourite: the hours before shifts spent strolling around the Olympic Park at Barra; stopping to take photos for people and just chatting to them; finding out where they were from and enjoying hearing all about their excitement as part of the world’s number one event; working in the VCM with the press, seeing them telling the rest of the world through photos and creative reporting, sharing this amazing spectacle with those who relied on these guys’ professionalism to make it as real as they could, for the whole world to enjoy. And of course being able to watch so much live sport and on the TVs too. Bring on Tokyo!!”


The nation’s BIGGEST EVER sports day!

What. A. Day!

From the beach of Hope Cove in Devon to the Copper Box Arena in London, from astronaut Tim Peake in Houston to the riverside in Reading, and from the National Hockey Centre in Glasgow to Greg Rutherford’s backyard, Team GB athletes and thousands (and thousands) of the Great British public shouted ‘I Am Team GB!’

It all kicked off with ITV switching off all seven of it’s channels for an hour, asking the nation to get out and get active. Star of Rio 2016 Max Whitlock did the honours…