Rachel’s Olympic dream comes true

Scarborough Hospital cleaner Rachel Watson is swapping cleaning the wards of Scarborough Hospital for the athletes village during the 2012 Olympics.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114083'7/10/11
Scarborough Hospital cleaner Rachel Watson is swapping cleaning the wards of Scarborough Hospital for the athletes village during the 2012 Olympics. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114083'7/10/11

A SCARBOROUGH cleaner will be swapping hospital wards for the athletes’ village during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Scarborough Hospital domestic assistant Rachel Watson, 26, was delighted to be chosen from thousands of applicants to volunteer at the event.

She will be based at the athletes’ village near Stratford, East London, for up to four weeks.

During the Games, the village will comprise residential apartments for around 17,000 athletes and officials, along with shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities and gardens.

Rachel said: “I love the Olympics and when London was selected as the 2012 host I found out that you could volunteer to work for them. So that’s what I did!

“Over 240,000 people applied for 70,000 posts. I had to attend an interview in May and last month I found out that I had been selected for a position. My job will be catering, cleaning and waste team member based at the Athletes’ Village. “I have to attend three training days in February and April. My managers have been very supportive and have helped me along the way, giving me all the time I need to take part in this once in a life time opportunity.”

Carol Ward, the trust’s hotel services manager, said: “We are delighted that Rachel has had her application accepted to work in the Olympics next year.   

“The trust is committed to supporting staff in their personal goals and this is something Rachel expressed a desire to do as soon as London won the bid for the games. 

“The domestic department wish her well in this wonderful opportunity.”

Rachel told the Evening News she loves all the Olympic events, but is particularly interested in swimming, diving and cycling.

Her top British athletes to look out for during the Games include diver Tom Daley.

She said: “He makes it look so easy. I think he’ll will win a lot of gold medals in the future.”

Rachel added: “I’ll also be watching Chris Hoy in cycling. He is fast on the track and I hope he wins again.

“I also think Rebecca Adlington and Victoria Pendleton will win gold. But I wish all Team GB good luck and hope they do the best.”