‘An amazing time’ as part of Paralympics team

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KILHAM’S Jen Johnson had ‘the most amazing time’ when being part of the press tribune team at the Paralympics.

Jen, 30, said: “I got to meet a lot of the athletes, as the enclosure was next to the tribune, and I had the best seat in the house, as the tribunes were in line with the 100 metre finish.

“I got to see all the big races, with Jonnie Peacock’s being the best, along with David Weir.

“I had the most amazing time, and you appreciate it so much more when you know what they have been through to get where they are.” Jen was part of the press tribune team which looked after all the journalists and a selection of the broadcasters.

She said she would recommend anyone to volunteer for sports events in the future, saying: “I would do it all over again if I could, and people should put their names forward for it if they get the chance. It is amazing.”

Jen was teaching at Roundhay School in Leeds at the time, and in charge of the athletics and sports days for the school, and she thought ‘I would like to be part of this amazing event.’

She went on the internet and completed an application where she selected three choices of what she wanted to do and where she wanted to be. But it wasn’t just as easy as that.

Jen, who works for activfirst training delivering NVQ’s and Gym qualifications, then had a phone interview which lasted about 40 minutes and then had to wait and keep checking online to se if she had got a place and where she was.

She added: “I didn’t realise for one second I would be working with the likes of Tanni Grey Thompson, John Inverdale and the Channel 4 team...and I even had the most ridiculous conversation with Matthew Pinsent.”

In total Jen was there 10 days, of which nine were spent in the stadium.