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Six month countdown to the Olympic Games

Posted on 27/01/2012

Today officially marks six months until the start of the London 2012 Games which will see Royal Holloway, University of London play host to the world’s elite rowers and sprint canoeists.

More than 1,400 athletes and officials will be staying in university accommodation during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will be transported by coach to nearby Dorney Lake, in Eton, where the Rowing and Canoe Sprint events will be held.

Excitement has been building on campus, with staff and students signing up to volunteer on campus and at the main Olympic events in Stratford.  

Those volunteering at Royal Holloway will be involved in looking after the athletes for the duration of their stay, with catering staff preparing specially prepared meals to meet their nutrition needs and students taking athletes to their rooms and being on hand to answer questions they may have during their stay.

Here are a few thoughts from staff and staff on what they are looking forward to about the Games.

Jackie Barber, who is part of the College’s outreach team, said: “I’m looking forward to the 2012 Games because it’s a fantastic opportunity for the whole country to come together in a national celebration of sport, community and Britain.”

Psychology PhD student Francesca Ainsworth said: “I’m incredibly fortunate to be studying and working at an institution that will be transformed into an Olympic Village. I’m looking forward to the Olympics because it is a truly inspiring event.”

Frank Madden, a network administrator at the College said: “I am looking forward to the Games because in some small way, I, through Royal Holloway will be helping to deliver the once in a lifetime festival of sport that will leave such a legacy in London and the UK which I will be able to share with my children and look back on with pride.”



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