A VOLUNTEER from just outside Edzell has been awarded funding to help cover the costs of helping at the Olympic games.
Ex-Mearns Academy pupil Aaron Glen, who successfully applied to be a Games Maker at the London Olympics, has been awarded a Wave of Friendship bursary from Volunteer Development Scotland to help cover the costs of his Olympic adventure.
Having just completed his third year of a BSc (hons) in Equine Sports Science at the University of the West of England, Aaron will volunteer at Greenwich Park for the Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon events.
“I am taking part as a volunteer Games Maker where I will be part of the transport team,” explained Aaron. I filled in the application form to take part in the games and at every stage I thought I would not get through but I was lucky enough to be selected for both the Olympics and the Paralympics.
“For this I will be looking after the athletes and officials when they arrive at Greenwich Park.
“The role is about helping in the background. Depending on where we are we may be able to catch glimpses of certain things but I don’t think we will see very much.
“I think it is a great opportunity to give something back to sport as I have been a keen horse rider since I was eight years old.
“It will be an amazing experience to be part of the Olympic and Paralympic games and I am grateful to The Wave of Friendship volunteer program providing me with funding.”
Aaron has received a grant for £500 which he will use towards accommodation whilst volunteering at London 2012.
Applications for Wave of Friendship funding can still be made through the website peoplemakingwaves.co.uk.