Module One Training

Casting your mind back to this time last year 2012, I began writing up my London Ambassador Training, starting with Module One. However, the ‘Olympic Experience’ took over. I had to put on hold documenting until now. Last year I got as far as Module One training trip Day 1 and Module One training trip Day 2. So here it continues…

Day 3 – Module One Training 30.03.12

At The Lighthouse

I’m up early to allow myself just over an hour to travel to North Kensington (old style) from the tip of North East London. Something I have to get used to as the distances are far longer here in London, compared to Cardiff. After a walk, a few tubes and another walk, I arrive just after registration starts.

Again we are in The Lighthouse –Terrence Higgins Trust, which makes it easier as I came here for my interview. I know that it is an environment, which is suitable health wise…

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity MCS can make life difficult at times in terms of venues. However, a lady from London Ambassadors has checked through with the venue and they haven’t decorated in the last few month and they offer to air through the room and reduce the amount of cleaning fluids that day.

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A full days training comprising mainly of presentations and teamwork exercises. Working in groups is a highlight as getting to meet others is one of my major motivations for being a London Ambassador.

We have a lot of fun as well as absorbing a large amount to information as regards details of what to expect the coming months: our uniform arrangements, POD locations, teamwork, where London Ambassadors fit in to the bigger picture of the Olympic & Paralympic Games.

I come away full of enthusiasm for the work in the summer!

Tube Travel

Finishing a little earlier than expected, as it is a sunny day and feeling happy that I completed the day health wise, I catch the tube to South Bank to remind myself again of the place I will be volunteering…

Spring At South Bank

View across Thames to Big Ben

Strolling along The Thames to Riverside Terrace Cafe for a cuppa, it’s exiting to think I’ll be a part of this in the summer…

Jubilee Gardens

At this stage Jubilee Gardens was still being re-constructed. By the time we volunteered at the Jubilee it was completed… as were the jubiloo’s!

Blue Easter Egg in the Easter Egg Hunt

Lots of these eggs were dotted about London, they were part of the Big Easter Egg Hunt last year. It is happening again this year throughout the UK and in London, just had a February stint and will be back mid March. Keep up on Twitter @Big Egg HuntUK

Blosson on Trees on South Bank Spring 2012

Close up of People relaxing on Riverside Terrace with a drink

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‘Magenta Magicians’ Christmas Concert 2012!

Preparations for London Ambassador Xmas Concert. Trafalgar Square

Mayor of London put on a Christmas Concert for London Ambassadors and some Games makers in Trafalgar Square on 8th December 2012. Fortunately it coincided with the Olympic / Paralympic London Ambassador Tree Planting Legacy (which I’ll write about next year) on 9th December 2012, so I was able to attend!

Door of The National Gallery Grab & Go Cafe

A bitterly cold day and I spent alot of it in the nearby National Gallery Grab & Go Café drinking hot tea and gorgeous cakes.

Venturing outside for exquisite singing by Jonathan and Charlotte (Runners Up in Britain’s Got Talent 2012) and The Centre for Young Musicians Concert Choir & of course Boris’s Speech!

London Ambassadors watching The Centre for Young Musicians Choir

Two fellow London Ambassadors were great company!

Met some lovely girls whom I spent the duration of the concert with. Plus caught up with old & new London Ambassador faces too!

Magenta fountains at Trafalgar Square. All lit up for us!

Unfortunately Mayor of London put reserved seating for those requiring it due to health/disability at the very back of Trafalgar Square facing a large screen, with no view of the stage at all. We asked could we move our seats to the front, alongside the wheelchair space, so we could see but were told no. The only place we were allowed to relocate was in front of the fountains behind those standing. Great view of the lit up fountains though!

Pink fountains at Trafalgar Square. All lit up for us

Christmas farewell after the event. People dispersing Trafalgar Square

BBC London mention the concert here!

‘I Made London 2012’

Megan and three of her fellow London Ambassadors outside the Hyde Park POD

Megan Trace (far left) and the other Young Ambassadors with Gary,
their mentor. Outside the Hyde Park POD. All won the excellence 
badges for their work!

 

GUEST POST:  MEGAN TRACE

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1. Why Did You Volunteer To Be a London Ambassador?

I volunteered to be a London Ambassador because I am passionate about the city that I live in. I was only 9 years old when London won the bid, and I remember our headteacher writing how incredible it would be if pupils could be involved in the Games. I was determined from that point onwards to have some form of involvement in the Olympics. It was my dream to compete in the women’s football after being coached by Rachel Yankey who played for Team GB at London 2012, but I was plagued by injuries so quit the sport a few years ago.

I didn’t want to give up with being involved, so I kept an eye out for other opportunities. I found out about being a London Ambassador on the day the scheme was launched, and went straight for it. I wasn’t that confident that I’d be successful as my recruitment stage was really tough, but was over the moon when I got an email on my 16th birthday telling me that I’d been successful!

2. Where Were You Located?

I was located at Hyde Park during the first week of the Olympics, from 27th July to the 1st of August.

3. My Location was a Good Place to Volunteer Because….

… we had such a variety of questions. The Hyde Park pod was located at Speaker’s Corner, so with close proximity to Oxford Street as well at the Hyde Park Live Site, people were asking us all sorts of questions. The only issue we found was that it was very weather-orientated, and things were a little quiet on our first day because it was raining quite a bit.

4. What Was Your Highlight?

The highlight of volunteering for me was meeting so many new people. The atmosphere was amazing, everyone was so happy during the Games and it was great to see so many people celebrating. The general mood before the Games was that too much money was being spent on it, but as soon as the Olympics kicked off, everyone wanted it to be an event to remember!

5. What Was The Hardest Question You Were Asked?

Hmm, this is a tricky one! I think the hardest questions were the ones to do with tickets. Many tourists came to London expecting to be able to get tickets here, and were disappointed when they discovered that most of them had sold out. Being based at a kiosk pod too also meant that people thought we were a ticket office, and that they could collect their tickets from us. As the official Hyde Park ticket office wasn’t open during my shifts, some people got quite frustrated when they realised they’d have to go elsewhere to collect their tickets.

6. Which Was your Favourite Visitor?

There’s too many to name! I couldn’t possibly pick a particular favourite, but we met a couple from the USA whose grandchildren had asked for a long list of presents from London, and it would no doubt be an early Christmas when they returned home. We also met two guys who’d flown over from Australia at 5am, and by 8am they were already out and jogging around Hyde Park!

Another favourite were the Canadian people we met, whose event didn’t start until the afternoon in Greenwich so they were looking for things to do. We recommended that walked down to Parliament, take a river boat cruise down to the North Greenwich Arena and take a ride on the Emirates Air Line over the Thames to get aerial views over London, which they thought sounded like a brilliant idea.



7. Which Resource Did You Consult Most?

I mainly consulted the resource booklet that we were given for the specific locations. After every shift, I would write down notes in the booklet of the questions we were asked the most during the day, or ones that we found we didn’t have an answer for, and I’d then research these when I got home.

8. Did You Visit Olympic / Paralympic Related Events in London?

I’d planned to visit some after my time as a London Ambassador, but due to illness I didn’t get the chance to. I made sure my mum went to Casa Brasil at Somerset House though!

8. Did You Have a Favourite Wenlock throughout The City?

Being a bit of a Geography nerd, I think the A to Z map Wenlock was my favourite! We had a lot of visitors who were doing a statue tour and trying to find all of them.

10. What Would You Like To Say To Boris?

Thank you so much for this opportunity. It’s hugely boosted my confidence, which has proven to be really helpful as I’ve just started at a new school but I’m not afraid to make new friends! This is just the beginning of my volunteering career, and I’m saving up to be a part of Glasgow 2014 and Rio 2016 

 

Megan Trace is my 2nd Guest Post. She was one of the Young London Ambassadors. Megan’s fantastic Olympic Photo’s can be seen on Tumblr. Over this coming year, I am featuring a number of Games Volunteers and Games Visitors talking about their experience of London 2012!

**Lord Sebastian Coe in his closing speech at The Olympics Closing Ceremony said all the Volunteers had the right to carry the phrase ‘I made London 2012’ as a badge of honour.

Our Greatest Team Athletes Parade!

Waiting... Before The Parade

Flags at the ready, before the parade. People next to me

Me, enjoying the moment!

Who Can You Spot? All the Dignitaries

The London Ambassadors were all invited to watch The Athletes Parade from along the privileged position on lining The Mall on September 10th 2012. Along with some of the Games Makers, Ceremonies Volunteers, TFL Volunteers.

Due to requiring a seat for most of the event I was inside the LOCOG Grandstand, opposite Boris Johnson, Sir Philip CravenSebastian Coe and all the other London 2012 dignitaries including David Cameron and Princess Anne.

We even had a wave from Boris at one point!

Cheering The Cyclists!

Also The Swimmers!

Prime Spot for the Finale! Infront of Buckingham Palace, facing the stage of Athletes

Streamers at the end in sky. Celebrations!