Suffolk: Six-strong team from Optua join technology team at Olympic Aquatic Centre

AN EXCITED band of volunteers are today playing their part in ensuring audiences across the globe know exactly how their favourite athletes are performing at London 2012.

Thousands of people across the country took up the call to volunteer at the Games in a range of different roles.

From the drivers ensuring dignitaries and competitors get to events on time, to the guides helping residents to find their way to the venues across the capital, everybody has a part to play.

But no Olympics would ever be complete without the times and scores of the competitors.

Yesterday a six-strong team from disability charity Optua joined the technology team at the aquatics centre for their first shift.

They are responsible for getting the times and scores from various events and then circulating the statistics to media outlets in the centre.

Graeme Anderson, sport development officer at the charity, said the youngsters have been enjoying the challenge.

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He added: “It’s massive for them.

“Some of them haven’t been on the underground before and there are so many new things for them to see. Being part of the Olympics, the biggest show on Earth, is incredible.”

The group are all between the ages of 16 and 18 and they are a part of Optua’s Teaming Up project – which offers social and leisure activities for young people with disabilities or learning difficulties.

They will be at the centre to circulate the results once more this week as well as volunteering three times next week.

Mr Anderson added: “They are all really excited to be a part of it.”

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