2012 Olympic Games
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s 2012 Legacy
Over 70 volunteers involved in the Olympics and Paralympics attended a special celebratory event on 21st November, along with the county’s Olympic stars, to celebrate the success of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Organisers of the celebratory event held at St. Georges Park, Burton on Trent, gathered Torchbearers, gamesmakers, referees, officials and others to thank them for their contributions to helping make the Olympic Games the huge success it was.
Volunteers were joined by Olympians Anna Watkins, Lizzie Neave, Paralympian Lee Pearson, and former Olympian and Torchbearer Imran Sherwani to name but a few.
Staffordshire County Councillor, Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities said:
“What a marvellous evening it was, I was delighted to be able to personally thank the hundreds of people who volunteered in many ways during the Olympic, Paralympic and Torch Relay celebrations over the summer.
“These events didn’t happen themselves and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of many volunteers and individuals who gave up there time to make it all happen.”
“In Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent we had over 500 local volunteers help with the events over the 2 days that the Olympic Torch relay visited, and hundreds of Torchbearers and Gamesmakers that played such an important role throughout the summer.”
Deborah Blairs, aged 51 from Newcastle was a London 2012 Gamesmaker and was based in Manchester throughout the games. “I had various roles including working on the streets helping to safely direct the public to their events as well as distributing uniforms to other Gamesmakers.”
“The experience was amazing, the best thing I have ever done and it has been the making of me and has given me confidence. I have made lots of friends for life and we are always in touch organising get togethers. We all had fun, met lots of people from lots of different countries and hopefully put smiles on their faces!”
Councillor Mark Meredith, Cabinet member for Tourism, Stoke on Trent City Council said “This event was all about celebrating Staffordshire’s participation and involvement in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It provided an opportunity to meet some of our local Team GB Olympians & Paralympians, Gamesmakers & Torchbearers and hear about their remarkable achievements as we look ahead to how we build on our success and achieve together our ambitions for a lasting legacy for Staffordshire.”
“Again, we would like to thank you all for your remarkable achievements and contributions to delivering a wonderful Olympic & Paralympic Games and bringing the games to the people of Staffordshire & Stoke On Trent.”
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