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LONDON: A 70 000-strong volunteer army from across the globe is helping to put on the Olympics, giving up their free time or holidays in return for a part in the biggest show on Earth.
Teachers, lawyers and students are among the “Games Makers” eagerly taking a role in London’s Olympic adventure and relishing the chance to rub shoulders with global sporting superstars.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I would probably be dead when the Olympics come here again,” said Sophie Dickson, 25.
The dental assistant is splitting her time between her job at private clinics in Sussex, south-east England, and the dentist’s surgery in the Athletes’ Village on the Olympic Park.
Dickson is wearing the volunteers’ easily recognisable uniform of a fuschia and orange polo shirt with beige trousers.
Lynne Wright, a technical manager for a fragrance company, has given up two weeks’ holiday to help out with transport in the athletes’ village. – Sapa-AFP