The Olympics are coming

This summer London will be awash with people, excitement and sport. To make this massive sports show happen that comprises of 39 Olympic disciplines and 21 Paralympic disciplines.To make all this happen is taking thousands of people employed by London Olympic Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), about 6000 and then there are the 70,000 volunteers that will do masses of the work front of house and behind the scenes. My journey to the Olympics 2012 started back in 2010 when I completed an application for to volunteer at the games. February 2011 I was interviewed at London's eXcel Centre for a place on the Technology team. The interview went well and I got offered a "Games Maker" role of Printed Results Distribution Team Leader in November 2011. Why did it take so long? Something to do with the 250,000 people that applied to be Games Makers might have something to do with it. It took a long time to interview that many people and decide who would get what roles. Then it's a case of working out what events these people are going to be assigned to and getting them up to speed on what they are supposed to be doing at the Olympics themselves. This process has been a series of events called "London Prepares" and there are still a few of them left to do. As I write this, I'm in PRD2 at the Aquatics Centre on the Olympic Park waiting for a print job to come through so that we can distribute it around the event. The 18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012 is a big event and a real eye opener for me. I've been involved in several large events in my time, a few Lotuspheres and some local national events, but never before behind the scenes at a major sporting event. The amount of people needed is truely amazing. Hundreds of people to make it all happen in media, TV, VIP relations, merchandising, printed results distribution, scoring, officials, governing body members, trainers, physios and so on.... So what am I doing here this week? Printes Results Distribution is a very behind the scenes role, but it's really important. Without it any competition would never get past the first round. And probably not even that far. With all the technology around you would expect that there was not much need for sheets of paper to be sent around the place. But you'd be wrong. The IOC mandate that no results are official unless on paper, so there is an awful lot of printed results that are needed by different areas in and around the venue. Venue Media Centre, Family Lounge, Sports Information Desk, Press Tribunes, Competition Management Office, Sports Presentation, etc... It can be very hectic at times when lots of results come through, dive lists and lists of judges but at other times it can be very very quiet. The great news is that I've met some great people and some that I will be working with during the games later in the year. It's a great job to have because you sometimes get to see the sport or field of play.

I'll be utilising all my team leadership and management skills during the summer so that I can keep my team happy and motivated.

I'm very gratefull to GSX for allowing me to take the time out of the business to be part of the Olympics and I'm sure the experience and skills I learn doing this will serve me well back in my business.