Sydney 2000 Olympics. Experience's as a volunteer at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Sydney Olympic Boulevard  Homebush Bay
Sydney Olympic Boulevard Homebush Bay | Source

Sydney 2000 Olympics



Sydney 2000 Olympics- Volunteering at the Sydney Olympics is the most memorable of experiences. The 2000 Sydney Olympic Summer Games. I put my name down to be a volunteer driver in August 1998. Later in 1999 I was contacted to go for an interview so they could check me out and do a driving test. All went well as expected as many years before I had completed a police advanced driving course whilst being a member of the constabulary. Anyway in March 2000 we drivers had to do a thorough training course in Olympic protocols. Much of the success of the volunteer program can be attributed to the TAFE College 'Event Training' which went for a week. In addition to this there were a number of briefing sessions which tuned all of the many thousands of volunteers of what to expect and what was expected of them…


Volunteering

My job at the Olympic Games which I engaged in virtually full time, 7 days a week for four weeks was to be dedicated IOC member driver. Although I did not have to and I probably took off three days in that time. I had the honour of driving My Chiharu Igaya IOC member for Japan and Silver medal winner in the slalom at the 1956 Winter Olympic Games. In a nutshell I covered around 7000 kilometres in four weeks. When I took delivery of the brand new GM Holden Statesman sedan it had 17 kilometres on the clock when I finished my four week stint it was 49 kilometres shy of 7,000 K's. I was up well before dawn every day I took the car to the depot near Sydney Airport washed & chamois the car and filled it to the brim with petrol. I then would collect Mr Igaya at the Regent Hotel where he was a guest and drive him& his wife and or his son to various meeting, events and function around Sydney. On the First day I had the privilege of driving to the Opening ceremony. Security was always tight and remembers this was before 9/11. The army would scan my vehicle for bomb devices etc even though I have a massive access all area stickers on the car.

the second day again I was privileged to witness the triathlon event outside the Sydney Opera house I set next to Mr & Mrs Igaya in the box seat on the forecourt of the Opera House to witness the event. Most days I would finish up exhausted the adrenalin charge you got from witnessing the event was incredible. My main wish which came true was that Susie O’Neill swimmers and Cathy Freeman would win gold. And they did both deliver Gold Medals in spectacular fashion. To be continued....watch this space...

Sydney Olympic Volunteer Remembrance walk Homebush Bay Sydney
Sydney Olympic Volunteer Remembrance walk Homebush Bay Sydney | Source
Tara Brown Tv presenter being photographed with Sydney 2000 Driver Volunteers. DRivers had purple colered flashing to their polo tops
Tara Brown Tv presenter being photographed with Sydney 2000 Driver Volunteers. DRivers had purple colered flashing to their polo tops | Source
'Thank you' said the Sydney Newspapers
'Thank you' said the Sydney Newspapers | Source
me  during the Volunteers Parade of Honour Sydney200 Olympics 5.10 2000
me during the Volunteers Parade of Honour Sydney200 Olympics 5.10 2000 | Source
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Volunteers hnour parade.
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Volunteers hnour parade. | Source

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

WOW how cool, love reading about this awesome time in your life, what a life altering moment. Thanks and Peace :)


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Dave, Great to hear from a fellow olympic driver. Of course the information above ais a mere snaphot of the experience I hope to write more blogs soon about the event. Would be interested in hearing your experiences...


Dave Jeanes 6 years ago

Was a volunteer driver attached to the SOCOG HQ in Jones Street.

I have made a personal booklet of my experiences with many photos.


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

My sister-in-law and her husband volunteered at the Arctic Winter Games, held in Whitehorse this year. They had an amazing experience, too. Lucky fellows. Thanks for sharing your thrill with us!.


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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Patty

I shall be doing another one in thenext couple of days look out for "Im Waiting "


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

I love the Olympics from any year and particularly liked reading this Hub. Thumbs up!


ralwus 7 years ago

A great honor, kudos to you.


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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

thanks I will be writing more on this in the next couple of weeks !


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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

I remember Sydney Olympics... They were awesome!

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