No, I am not competing in the 2012 London Olympics. But I will be one of the 75,000 volunteers helping to run the Games. Growing up as a kid, the Olympics always had a certain "magic something" - and I could hardly resist this one occasion that I'll be close enough to take part.
Training for volunteers began last weekend - with a big rally at Wembley Arena. It was quite a show, trying to impress on the 10,000 in my orientation session how key the "Games Makers" (that is the trendy name for we volunteers) are in creating the spirt of the Games.
I think it will be a good learning experience and allow me to meet a whole group of people I wouldn't get to know otherwise. I am also looking forward to helping with the volleyball part of the games, since that is one of my passions.