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ASA volunteers take the 2012 School Games by storm

The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age. From the 6th – 9th May the School Games took place in London on the Olympic Park and in the surrounding sports venues.

The swimming competition took place in the Aquatics Centre, giving around 200 young athletes the prestigious opportunity of swimming in the Olympic pool prior to the London 2012 Games.

With more than 6,000 spectators, the atmosphere was electric and the athletes were spurred on to put in some fantastic performances. However this success of the Games did not stop in the pool; on poolside more than 100 volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure the competition was a complete success.

My favourite part of the day was coming in on the bus and we could see all of the different stadiums and the people working.

Volunteers and officials of all ages took on a number of roles and responsibilities, the youngest of these volunteers being just 10 years old. More than two thirds of the volunteers supporting the competition were under the age of 25.

Two young volunteers, Matus and Esther told us how they found their experience of volunteering at the School Games.   

“At the end of the race I get given the results and it’s my role to take them to the press area. They take the results and put them up on the board for the athletes to see. In the afternoon I was volunteering in the VIP area. I went to the British Championships two months ago which was great, but there were not as many people there as there are here.

"I live in East London and I study sports coaching so I volunteer for the experience and the enjoyment of it, I can help people and see the effect.”

Matus Benko, aged 20, results runner.

“When the swimmers come out for their race, they wear different clothes to which they swim in. They put these clothes in the baskets. We get the baskets and bring them to the side of the pool so the athletes can collect it when they are finished. It’s really fun. My favourite part of the day was coming in on the bus and we could see all of the different stadiums and the people working.”

Esther Evans, 10, kit carrier.

For more information on how you can become involved as an aquatic volunteer, visit the ASA’s volunteering website where you will find details of the courses and opportunities available to you.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact volunteering@swimming.org

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