London 2012: “Thank you to all the volunteers”

09:02 10 September 2012

Games Makers, doing the Mobot, were thanked during the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games. File picture: John Walton/PA Wire

Games Makers, doing the Mobot, were thanked during the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games. File picture: John Walton/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

The volunteers at the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been among the most widely praised aspect of London 2012, and appreciation was shown when they got the biggest cheer during the closing ceremony of the Paralympics.

The audience in the Olympic Stadium gave the 10,000 Games Makers, as they are known, a standing ovation and a round of applause that went on for minutes after Lord Seb Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), thanked them in his speech at the show.

He told how he had met two volunteers whose stories stood out.

In one of the most touching moments of the closing ceremony, he told the crowd he had met a Games Maker on the Tube who was working as a medic at the Games.

Lord Coe said: “His name was Andrew and he told me he was a doctor at St Mary’s Hospital on his way to help out at boxing.

“But when I tried to thank him, he wouldn’t let me. He said he was the one who wanted to do the thanking. And as we did a very British dance over who should thank who, he suddenly cut through all the politeness and said: ‘I was on duty on 7/7, that awful day. For me this is closure. I wasn’t sure I should come or whether I could face it. I’m so glad I did. For I’ve seen the worst of mankind and now I’ve seen the best of mankind.’”

Lord Coe also spoke about a second volunteer, Emily, who told him volunteering at the Paralympic Games had “lifted the clouds of limitation”.

He said: “So Andrew and Emily, I am going to have the last word. Thank you - thank you to you and all the volunteers.”

Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), also thanked the volunteers, and the members of the Armed Forces who helped at the Games, garnering another huge round of applause from the crowd.

He said: “Let us also acknowledge another band of people that stepped into the breach and went far beyond the call of duty - the British Armed Forces and the emergency services.”

Latest Stories

The woman was attacked in a house in Hatherley Road, Walthamstow (Picture: Google Streetview)

A woman was stabbed in the neck and a six-year-old child injured after they were attacked at a house in Walthamstow in broad daylight.

Read more
07:49
Boris Johnson is angry his plans for a new airport in the Thames estuary have been rejected (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has reacted angrily to the decision by the Airports Commission to reject plans for ‘Boris Island’, accusing its author Sir Howard Davies of setting the debate on aviation expansion back by half a century.

Read more
We are not amused: The Queen gets snapped by a young well-wisher in Belfast (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - Pool/Getty Images)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not a fan of smartphones, it has emerged.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

Can you guess which bridge crossing the Thames in London which? (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Do you know your Blackfriars from your Southwark, Cannon Street from Waterloo, or do all of London’s bridges look alike to you?

Read more
Amy Winehouse's second album became a classic

Are you an Amy Winehouse superfan?

Read more
I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more