Ramsey said: “When I saw an email from McDonald’s about Games Maker opportunities I leapt at the chance to get involved and was soon at Coventry University being interviewed for a role. I was lucky enough to be selected as a T3 driver, meaning that I would be one of the people responsible for driving dignitaries and athletes around London as a private chauffer.
“After my orientation and online training, I undertook physical driver training in one of the official vehicles. When I started in my volunteering role, I was still going into the unknown and I was waiting for an exciting new experience to start.
“Each day, I assembled in a group of about 20 and was given an ID number and a car. Some days you would be taking athletes straight from the Village to the airport and on others you could have a member of the International Olympic Committee in the back! I had no idea who I was going to pick up on my shift. Throughout the Games, I drove people from the world of business, sport and official dignitaries in my car. My favourite was five-time Olympic medallist and former US basketball player and coach, Teresa Edwards. She had been appointed by the US Olympic Committee as Chef de Mission for the 2012 Olympic Games and had some great stories to tell. I kept a commemorative notebook in my car and she kindly shared a message with me thanking me for my help. She also gave me a pin badge, which I won’t forget.
“My experience as a Games Maker has really underlined the importance of teamwork to me, which is something that I’ve been able to take back to my day-to-day job. The great teamwork that we experienced across the whole country was inspired by Team GB’s performance and I genuinely believe that success rubs off on a team. I know how important it is to keep a happy workforce and this experience has shown me that every person plays a vital role in making a big success.”
Published: 28 September 2012
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