Former Bressingham resident ‘in shock’ after successful bid to volunteer at Rio 2016
A former Bressingham resident says he is “in shock” after learning he has been accepted as a volunteer for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Jack Burrows, 23, who attended Diss High School, has been chosen as one of the 70,000 volunteers for the Summer Games, which will take place in Brazil from August 5 to 21 next year.
Mr Burrows, currently studying a masters degree in environmental, earth and resource management at Kingston University, said his role as a Games Marker, acting as a member of the venue entry team at the London 2012 Summer and Paralympic Games was a “life-changing” experience. He said it made him grow fond of the nation’s capital, and he ended up moving to London.
“I was never really into the Olympics before and really I just thought if I managed to become a Games Maker at London, it would look good on my CV,” he explained.
“But once I got the role and did it, it was so much more than that.
“The experience, the friends you meet, and I was able to help a lot of people in my role.
I kept thinking ‘these people in the interview are brilliant, there is no chance I am getting in
“I loved it so much that I moved to London because I had so many good memories.”
Despite his previous volunteering experience, Mr Burrows admitted he was not confident of landing a space at the Rio 2016 games.
After completing an application form 18 months ago, he took part in a webchat interview with fellow hopefuls and Rio 2016 representatives in Brazil.
“Every time when you apply for something like this, you go from one stage of the process to the next. I kept thinking ‘these people in the interview are brilliant, there is no chance I am getting in,” he explained.
Mr Burrows, who will also get some basic Portuguese language training, is due to fly out three days before the start of the games for “intense” training, and has already started his accommodation planning. He is due to learn what role he has been assigned before Christmas
Nothing is paid for, while he believes the cost of the flight alone, for his first-ever trip to South America, could exceed £1,000.