Olympic date for volunteers

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TWO Aldwick residents are leaving next week to volunteer at the Winter Olympics.

Jenny Hicklin and John Latham will spend five weeks in the Russian resort of Sochi to help the Games go smoothly.

Jenny, 69, will be based in the transport section and will help as a bus or train conductor within the coastal and mountain cluster.

John, 54, will be helping the visiting sports teams.

Jenny said: “Out of 25,000 volunteers, there are only 160 from the UK. So, after five weeks, we will return waving the Union flag after another job done.”

The Winter Olympics from February 7-23 will feature 87 nations in 15 sports.

It will represent a further challenge for Jenny and John after their international volunteering began at the London 2012 Olympics.

Property developer John spent his time in Weymouth working with the sailing teams.

He has since volunteered for the ICC Cricket Champions Trophy last year, the rugby league World Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium and the Brighton Marathon. This July will see him helping at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jenny’s spell at the London Games took place in the Velodrome assisting ticketing and security. She followed this by joining the Games Maker Choir.

This has seen her sing for Help for Heroes cyclists returning to London from Paris and the rugby league World Cup semi-final.
She went back to the Olympic Park last July to entertain 27,000 people at the Go Local event to inspire them to volunteer.

“Since volunteering at the Olympics, I realise how important it is to encourage our children and grandchildren into the healthy lifestyle of sport.

It’s also fun. Volunteering is a way to enrich your life, make new friends and keep you out of the rocking chair,” said Jenny.