SkillsActive - 20/10/11
A SkillsActive officer will welcome the world to London next year after being selected as a London Ambassador for the 2012 Games.
SkillsActive development officer for volunteering, Miriam Farley, will volunteer for six days during the Games at London’s Oxford Street. She will provide advice to people from all walks of life; from sports fans desperate to get to the Olympic Stadium, to families looking for a budget bite to eat.
SkillsActive interim chief executive Suki Kalirai says the ambassador role is a natural extension of Miriam’s work with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"Miriam administered the Personal Best programme, which provided long term unemployed people with employability training and the chance to volunteer at the Games,” Suki says. “Miriam is a passionate Londoner and, of course, a passionate sports supporter. I can’t imagine a better person to welcome people to the Games.”
Miriam, 26, from Bushey in North London, was selected as an ambassador after attending an interview in June where she was tested on her confidence, communication skills and, of course, her local knowledge.
Miriam says: “I’m so excited to be part of the Games and have the opportunity to welcome the world to London. It’s an awesome city and I want to ensure everyone who visits next summer gets a friendly welcome and has a super time.”
Her top London tip? “Avoid the crowds by walking everywhere you can. That’s the best way to get to know the city and enjoy our beautiful parks and landmarks.”