Bridlington couple left energised by the Olympics

Richard Bishop, from Bridlington, meets comedian and actor Eddie Izzard behind the scenes at the Olympics.
Richard Bishop, from Bridlington, meets comedian and actor Eddie Izzard behind the scenes at the Olympics.

ENERGISING and unforgettable - that is how a Bridlington couple have described their experience of volunteering at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

And Pam and Richard Bishop not only got the chance to see some of the world’s top athletes in action, they also met some famous faces from the world of sport and television.

Pam, 55, said: “It was just so energising because the atmosphere in London and all the competitors were so excited to be entered in the Olympic events, the positive energy from everybody made you beam.”

Pam’s volunteering journey started last September when she was selected to work as Gamesmaker on the Events Service Team supporting spectators at the tennis event at Wimbledon.

Her role was to support spectators, informing them of where to purchase refreshments, access the nearest toilets, who was playing where and when, and ensuring they had the correct tickets.

Many spectators had never seen a live tennis match before so Pam was kept busy explaining the scoring system, rules and etiquette.

And she got the chance to see Andy Murray in action as he beat Roger Federer in the final to take gold, after having watched Del Potro beat Djokovic in the battle for bronze.

She also met Boris Becker and his family, as well as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

“The atmosphere everywhere was so charged, everyone was in high spirits despite the occasional cloud burst and it was so easy being a Games Maker and smiling all the time - who wouldn’t smile whilst working at such an iconic venue watching history in the making? It was a pleasure,” Pam said.

“Being a Games Maker has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life,” she added.

Richard, 49, was given the job of a T3 driver, driving BMWs around London transporting Olympians and Games officials.

Prior to the Games Richard spent time in London acclimatising himself to the fleet of cars, driving the notorious Olympic lanes and working with the Sat Nav system.

Born in London, driving around the city was home from home for Richard but his knowledge was put to the test as he had tight deadlines to meet for some of his passengers.

During his time as a volunteer Richard met comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, who inspired the Bishops to sign up after he fronted the Olympics volunteer campaign.

Richard said he thoroughly enjoyed his time as a T3 driver, watching various sports including fencing, boxing and tennis, in between dropping off and picking up passengers.

In their free time the couple watched the swimming at Hyde Park, the road race featuring Bradley Wiggins, and the men’s marathon.

“London 2012 has been a fantastic opportunity with so many friends made, so many memories captured and such an amazing experience. We are both so thrilled to have been a part of the London 2012 Olympic Games,” Richard added.