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Olympic volunteers aren’t sitting about
AP COX’S letter of September 15 accuses Olympic volunteers of now “sitting on their backsides, revelling in their accolades and waiting for the next big occasion”.
I was one of those who spent three weeks in London. During that time I spoke to many of my colleagues and listened to their personal stories.
Many worked full-time and were using holidays or taking unpaid holiday; some had businesses and were losing money.
However, I was impressed by how many were involved in volunteering in their communities and I believe that this was part of the selection process.
Not all were involved in sport (sport is not the beginning and end of life to all people, remember).
Some of these people deserved some recognition for what they had put into society already even before their Olympic involvement.
They weren’t the type who would sit at home on their backsides waiting for a medal to drop through the letterbox or waiting for the next big occasion; and neither am I.
For AP Cox to make such sweeping accusations displays a serious lack of knowledge on this subject.
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