Friday, 22 June 2018

Olympic volunteer

MIKE CANNON, who was a volunteer at the London Olympics, was the guest speaker at this week’s meeting of Henley

MIKE CANNON, who was a volunteer at the London Olympics, was the guest speaker at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club.

Members, partners and other guests sat down to a dinner at Henley Golf Club before listening to Mr Cannon, a member of the Marlow Thames Rotary Club.

He was one 240,000 people who applied for the 70,000 posts as Games Makers and was selected after an interview.

With his driving qualifications, he was made one of the 10,000 volunteer drivers, transporting various members of the “Olympic family”.

MrCannon said he was given three days of training and worked 15 10-hour shifts during the Games.

Each morning he had to park his own car at a friend’s house in West Ruislip before 6am and catch the Tube to the Park Lane underground garage where all the drivers’ BMWs were parked.

Mr Cannon was wearing his driver’s uniform and showed his accreditation badge as well as certificates and letters from Lord Coe and David Cameron, which every volunteer had received.

Club president Will Busher proposed the vote of thanks.

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