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Heather gets top Olympic role

Schools PE co-ordinator Heather Smith has netted a top role in the Olympics.

Heather, who works at Blackburn with Darwen Council, will get to meet top sporting stars after being chosen as a Flash Quote Reporter for the London 2012 Games.

The voluntary role will involve standing at the finish line in the Olympic Stadium to ask athletes for a quote at the end of the races. She will then send the comments out to the world’s media.

Heather, who helps schools in the borough inspire children to enjoy physical education, said: “Part of my job is to find ways of encouraging young people to get involved in sports through leadership and volunteering. So this was my chance to do my bit and hopefully share my journey with our schools.”

Heather was chosen for the role from over 250,000 hopefuls. She will wear a purple and red Gamesmaker volunteer uniform and may get to mix with the likes of Steve Cram and Colin Jackson in the Olympic media centre.

She has already met Sebastian Coe and Jonathan Edwards along with comedian Eddie Izzard at a special volunteers day at Wembley Arena.

Councillor Damian Talbot, executive member for leisure and culture at the council, said: “We’re very lucky to have such talented and inspiring people like Heather working with our young people.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for her and I’m delighted that she is going to be able to experience this amazing event first hand.”

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