Order the new book "I was an Olympic Volunteer" by Mike Cooper

Olympic Volunteer
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More than 70,000 volunteers will be required for the London 2012 Olympics . My purpose in writing this book is to describe my experience volunteering for the 1996 Atlanta Centenary Olympic Games. Those three weeks were the most thrilling and exciting days of my life. To be part of the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ was a wonderful privilege.

My role was described as ‘stadium management’, which actually meant being an usher in the Olympic Stadium. I was able to watch the opening ceremony and all the athletics events finals. On the days when there were no events in the stadium there was an opportunity to go to other sports competitions; swimming, cycling, tennis, hockey, judo, water polo and others. I kept a diary at the time and have written a 30,000 word book about life as an Olympic volunteer. There are also about forty photos taken which show some of the activities ‘behind the scenes’

As a side-line I had some articles published in the Bristol Evening Post about the performance of local competitors. I have written about conversations I had with athletes’ coaches, families and past Olympians. The book should have particular appeal to potential 2012 London Games volunteers and anyone with an interest becoming an Olympic volunteer.