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Olympic volunteers gear up to welcome world to Surrey

Surrey ambassadors at a training session in Guildford. L-R Debby Callender, Stephen Callender, John Barzallo, Barry Williams, Sue Dale, Trevor Dale, Amy Gellatly, Phyliss Barber, Helene Kelso and Mike Adams. Click here to download.

Training sessions are underway for more than 450 volunteers who will welcome the world to Surrey during the 2012 Games.

Recruited by Surrey County Council, the ambassadors will be at key locations along the route and at train stations on the days the Olympic cycling events and torch relay take place in the county.

They’ll give directions, provide information about the Olympic events, direct spectators and encourage people to visit local businesses and attractions.

The volunteers are being briefed on their roles and are learning about all things Olympics.

More than 700 people from across the county applied to help out.

One of the volunteers is Sue Dale, a 60-year-old from Cranleigh, who said: “I volunteered because I love the Olympics. I’m thrilled to be involved and wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “Having Olympic events on our doorstep is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and our ambassadors will play a key role in helping spectators make the most of the events. It’s also a great way to promote local businesses and attractions.”

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For more information, journalists can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email nicole.herlihy@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

The volunteers will be in Surrey during:

• The Olympic Torch Relay – 20 July 2012 (the torch relay will also be in Egham on 10 July and in Felbridge on 17 July but volunteers won’t be needed on these days)

• The Olympic cycling road races – 28 and 29 July 2012

• The Olympic cycling time trials – 1 August 2012

Visit gosurrey.info for more information about Surrey’s involvement in the 2012 Games.

The Surrey ambassador scheme is part of an officially recognised volunteer programme rolled out in areas across the UK where Olympic events are taking place.

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