During his attendance at the London 2012 Paralympics, President and Chief Operating Officer of Special Olympics International to meet with some of the 14 Special Olympics athletes who served as volunteer Games Makers for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
London 2012 will be remembered as the most inclusive Games ever assembling not least the most diverse team of volunteers ever in one place at one time. 14 Special Olympics athletes served as volunteer Games Makers supporting in all areas from transport, logistics to athlete accommodation.
“This has been the experience of a lifetime for our Special Olympics athletes” said Brady Lum. “Special Olympics athletes have played a full and vibrant role to contribute to a legacy which, we hope will, encourage a greater openness to and better understanding for all those with intellectual disabilities and from other minority communities”.
According to Special Olympics swimmer Sam Haslam and Greg Sylvester the highlight of working as a volunteer was the positive energy, getting to meet new people and seeing the athletes.
As Sam Haslam sums it up: “I got to ‘high five’ with so many athletes and I even opened the car door for David Cameron (UK’s Prime Minister). I liked the London experience and being in the same uniform as everyone else”.