DRONFIELD sports fan Charlie Last is continuing to up-date readers with his London Olympic reflections after he was appointed as a Games Maker volunteer in the Olympic media centre.
During the Chain Gang cycling fundraiser’s latest report from London he has been moved to reflect on the impact of past sporting investments and is looking to the future in the hope that the London Games will provide a boost for future sport stars too.
He said: “MY OLYMPIC Games Maker role got me thinking – which is always dangerous.
I have been a volunteer for Sheffield City Council’s Major Sporting Events Unit for around six years. The Unit was set up to support the World Student Games.
“So, with the magnificent sporting venues built for said games in the city, Sheffield had the infrastructure and team to re-invent itself from Steel City to The City of Sport.
“I have been involved in many memorable events from the 11,000 sets of Pink Bunny ears worn by the 5k runners in the annual Race 4 Life to the British Schools Games where aspiring young athletes are given the whole Olympic style model to hopefully get them used to that level of completion in late life.
“It occurred to me that if Sheffield hadn’t had the volunteers in place for when it hosted the World Student Games, the bid may not have been successful and venues may not have been build, so the British athletes, like Jess Ennis and Rebecca Adlington wouldn’t have had the facilities to reach the standards they have.
“On the wider Olympic level because these facilities are recognised as world class, the USA Diving Team and the Brazilian Judo team, amongst others, chose Sheffield as their pre-Olympic training venue.
“The buzz word for Olympic host cities is legacy. Sheffield is a beacon that legacy really does work. 20 years from the Student Games, hopefully we will reap it’s benefits.”