Kind gesture leads to athletics fan helping to revive London 2012 spirit

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Chesterfield’s Bridget Dolphin experienced a once in a lifetime opportunityas she helped revive the London 2012 spirit at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

The 59-year-old works as an online driver at the Rother Way branch of Sainsbury’s and led out the finest pole vaulters into the Olympic Stadium.

Dolphin, who lives in Ashgate, performed her role in front of thousands of onlookers eager to relive the London 2012 excitement in the capital and is certain she will not forget the experience any time soon.

The likes of London 2012 Olympic champions Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis-Hill returned to the scene of their triumph from three years ago while there was also double delight on Saturday as sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and long jumper Shara Proctor broke their own British records within two minutes of each other.

“I’m a bit of an athletics fan but this is the first time I’ve been to the stadium,” said Dolphin. “It’s super, you see so much more when you are here than when you are watching on television.

“I got to walk out for the pole vault competition, I was a bit nervous but it was exciting at the same time, especially thinking you are sharing the track with such elite athletes.

“I was thinking it was a long time since I felt as nervous and excited as this. But it was great fun, and my family think it’s great. It’s just been a really great weekend.”

Dolphin was one of 30 Sainsbury’s colleagues from across the UK to enjoy a VIP weekend which also included a trip on the London Eye, a bus tour of London and a meet and greet with athletes such as Commonwealth Games 800m silver medallist Lynsey Sharp.

She was nominated for the honour by her colleagues after helping clear a customer’s yard during the icy weather last winter.

“I went to one of my customers who was an elderly lady and all her yard was all iced over and she couldn’t get to the dustbins,” added Dolphin.

“So I went and finished off another order for another customer and then I went back to her in my dinner time and I cleaned all the ice and snow away from her, so she nominated me.

“It was great to be nominated, I couldn’t believe it when they first told me.”

Sainsbury’s is a proud partner of British Athletics. The partnership reflects Sainsbury’s wider commitment to inspiring healthy lifestyles for all, and complements grassroots campaigns such as Active Kids and the Sainsbury’s School Games.