Dhol players: People watch and listen to the loud Dhol (traditional indian drum) a couple of people even danced!
I wanted to volunteer at this event for the simple reason of wanting to reach those people that don’t really know about the Games. Being British Asian myself I was able to speak to people in Punjabi. Using my ‘indianess’ I felt that I could engage and talk about the Games to different people and tell them how they could get involved. I guess in a way it opened up the topic to a wider range of people.
I spoke to a Sikh elderly man who was with his whole family (three generations to be precise!). As we got chatting in Punjabi he told me about how athletic he was and still is. He tells me he still runs at the age of 76! He definitely inspired me to get more fit! He also mentioned that he wanted his great grandson to become an Olympic champion although he’s only just turned one so he has a bit of a long way to go!
As the day went on I realised I have been very lucky and honoured to be part of London 2012, most of the people I spoke to are excited and fascinated by the Games because there is something for everyone.
This was one event that brought people of all ages, ethnicities, colours together and I’m convinced that the Games will be one great big mela!