What is a Gamesmaker?
In a nutshell, we of the purple-and-poppy uniforms were at the Olympic Games to:
- Help visitors and participants feel welcome
- Provide initial security and support for the venues
- Take tickets to events
- Help visitors and participants find their way around
- Cheer on the competitors
- And generally, help out wherever we were needed!
I was on the Venue Security Entry Team
I was stationed at Horse Guards Parade, which was the venue for both Beach Volleyball and start/finish for the Marathon races. I (and the rest of my colleagues) helped:
- Support the Army (many of whom gave up holidays to do this!)
- Place bags and items in the security scanners
- Manage the queues of visitors
- Provide information and assistance to the visitors
- Know the words for “belts, pockets and watches” in every other language (les ceintures, les pochets, les montres)
We even got a chance in the earlier matches to see some of the action. And it must be said that our venue consistently rated over 90% in satisfaction surveys for all the venues — higher than every other venue!
An experience I would gladly repeat
I thoroughly enjoyed being a Gamesmaker, so much so that I’m looking forward to possibly volunteering in the Glasgow Games 2014, and the Rio Olympic Games in 2016! I met many interesting people and more than that, I loved the positive and upbeat vibe around London throughout the Games.