The 2016 European Aquatics Championships have taken place this week at London’s iconic Aquatics Centre, where Europe’s best swimmers, divers and synchro swimmers are competing for the coveted title of European champion.
We go behind the scenes to meet Join in Local Leaders Helen Seamer and Jo Bartholomew – and find out about their experience of volunteering at such a major event.
One of approximately 140 volunteers, Helen was asked to help out as results announcer at the synchronised swimming event, having gained some experience in the role at national level. “It was a great opportunity to be involved in sports presentation at the next level” says Helen. “I now have a whole new perspective on how a major event is presented to a live audience and learned such a lot from the professionals on the crew.
I had a clear view of all the action from my poolside seat and it was fantastic to see what is happening at the top of the sport – with the world champions Russia there to defend their European titles. It was also exciting to see the British team in action, including the duet of Olivia Federici and Katie Clark who have secured a quota place for Rio. They must have been thrilled with the reaction from the hugely supportive audience!” (more…)