Auditel franchise owner and keen sports fan Charles Nishikawa fulfilled his ambition of being part of the London Olympics when he became a Games Maker volunteer.

Originally from Japan, Nishikawa was appointed part of the Language Service Team in the ExCel Centre, which hosted seven sports including table tennis and wrestling. He said: “Although the hours were punishing – frequently until after midnight – I was truly inspired and exhilarated by the experience. The Language Service was one of the most exciting Game Maker roles. It gave us lots of opportunities to speak directly with the athletes, watch the sport up close and even be on TV! As Seb Coe said at the closing ceremony, ‘when our time came, Britain did it right’ and I am sure our efforts have made many new friends for Britain all over the world. I’m so proud to have been part of London 2012. It has been a real honour to work with such motivated and talented volunteers. Also a big hooray to the soldiers drafted in to help – true professionals.

“I am so delighted to have been photographed with fellow-countryman wrestling Gold Medallist, Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu and to have marched with the Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the Team GB Parade with fellow volunteers. Everyone cheered not only the athletes but us as well.”

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