The Olympics simply couldn't run without 'Gamesmakers' who are a wide variety of volunteers mainly, some 200,000 spread over many venues undertaking many roles, keeping everything running smoothly and fixing all kinds of problems as they occur. This does get recognised in a number of ways and occasionally certain publications like Village News , a daily publication to tell everyone in the Olympic village what is going on where, features interviews with the Olympians from around the World and they highlight one Gamemaker of the day, for each day of the Olympics duration and write a small feature about them.
Well as someone who is used to writing/reporting/blogging it was a strange feeling to be instead written about, as one of the Olympic Gamesmakers featured recently, which I have attached for your amusement. Of course much is done by the many and often goes unpublicised, however I would like to think this feature recognises and reminds others the contribution our dental clinic here makes to the overall quality of the Olympic games - I can't help but think we REALLY need some similar initiatives to recognise Dentistry's wider contribution to the overall Quality of Life to our Nations' benefit too!
Congratulations on your "Gamesmaker of the day" award. Having visited you at the polyclinic the other day, you are obviously working far harder than me. I sit in the medical room at the Riverside Arena waiting for something to happen on the hockey field. I'm with the doctors with sports doctors qualifications (who are also volunteer Gamesmakers) who are very dedicated to their specialiality. Interestingly, the most serious injuries have been to the face - which has involved me passing on the athletes to more qualified colleagues in the local max fax department, and without naming names, have provided an incredibly high standard of treatment. I have found the experience of doing my bit to help, very satisfying and I hope that you feel the same sense of pride in making the games a success. Well done Tony.