Praise For Olympic Ambassadors
7:30am 12th August 2012
Visitors to Weymouth and Portland during the Olympics have praised our 'ambassadors' as unsung heroes.
More than 500 helpers were recruited from a wide variety of backgrounds to assist at the games, many of them fluent in two or more foreign languages.
Ambassadors worked across the town and sites to help people with enquiries.
One visitor to Weymouth, Sally Potter, was very happy to meet Jemma Packett – a Weymouth and Portland Ambassador and a wheelchair-user, who, though she was already off duty, gave Sally a hand to get the baby, shopping bags and pushchair onto the bus home at the end of a long day.
Sally said: “The ambassadors are the 'unsung heroes' of the sailing events in Weymouth and Portland. Without them, it would be much harder for visitors to find their way around and get the most from their visit. I have been very impressed with their commitment and, even when off duty, they are still willing to help.”
There are more than 500 ambassadors helping out for the duration of the events. They are helping people to find their way to the highlights and events in Weymouth and Portland, from the Live Site to cultural events, live music to the nearest loo.
The ambassadors were recruited from a wide range of backgrounds and this is reflected in the number of different languages they are able to speak. More than 80 of them are able to offer information to visitors in a second or third language.
Jemma said: “Weymouth is very lucky that such a fantastic and diverse group of people put themselves forward to volunteer as Weymouth and Portland Ambassadors. I have been very impressed by the really great people I have met as ambassadors. There are even people with connections to the town who have come from as far as far away as California to represent Weymouth in this way. I think we have added so much to the atmosphere of the town.
“I volunteered because I wanted the disabled visitors to have a representative in the ambassador team (in fact there are three of us using mobility aids) and although I have struggled a bit to fulfil my shifts due to my chronic illness and disability, I have been well supported by my team and I have been so happy to be a part of such an inspiring time. The town of Weymouth is set into such a beautiful natural area that it is great that it is being seen around the world.”
Other visitors have also been very positive about the ambassador teams. One member of the public said that she was very pleased, when getting off the train, to see a friendly, welcoming face and be handed a map with the key entertainment areas highlighted.
“I wasn’t sure where to go when I got here, but the ambassador explained where everything was and was very friendly and helpful, and clearly loves Weymouth – and from what I’ve seen, rightly so.”