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Daniella Afeltra on having a lakeside view at Eton Dorney

24 August 2012

Daniella Afeltra, a third year student at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, talks about her exciting role at the London 2012 Olympic Rowing Regatta.

I was working at Eton Dorney on the Athlete Services Team for the duration of the rowing training and competition period, which means I was at the venue a good week before racing actually started, making sure the rowers got settled in.

Daniella Afeltra

As a part of the Athlete Services Team, my duties included working on Bag Drop (basically running a cloakroom for the athletes), towels and ice (distributing these to the athletes and collecting used towels from the changing rooms) and bicycle hire (hiring out bikes to coaches to watch training but more notably to follow the crews down during the racing).

I got very lucky with my role as it was all about face-to-face contact with the athletes ā€“ whether during training or after they had won a gold medal and came bouncing into Bag Drop to collect their things.

Even though the days were long and Eton Dorney was not the easiest venue to get to, as a rower myself, I do not think I could have got any luckier ā€“ as both my role and the venue meant that I had great scope to see some of the racing as well!

Being a part of the Olympics has easily been one of the highlights of my life. The opportunity to work at the Olympics was reward enough, but even so, I was thanked countless times by athletes for volunteering and was even given a Denmark pin badge from one of the coaches as a sign of appreciation!

It has been a humbling experience to be around such inspirational people and Iā€™m looking forward to my work at the Paralympics, which I am sure will be just as, if not even more, rewarding than my time at the London 2012 Olympic Rowing Regatta!