Clitheroe student Vieolette was Olympic volunteer

Olympic volunteer Vieolette Guede.'Photo Ben Parsons
Olympic volunteer Vieolette Guede.'Photo Ben Parsons

A UNIQUE experience of a lifetime has set a talented Clitheroe student on the right career path.

Aspiring journalist Vieolette Guede applied to work as a volunteer in the press room at the Olympics and found herself mixing with the world’s top athletes and media.

Vieolette (18) wrote off to the Olympic Games organisers two years ago expressing an interest in being a volunteer within the press office. And they were so impressed with her initiative she was offered a chance to be part of the team.

Vieolette said: “It was a fantastic experience and I feel so lucky to have been part of it all. Although I didn’t get the chance to do any reporting as such I worked on the reception desk of the newsroom.

“There were hundreds of people there and I felt it was a great opportunity for me to meet people and make some excellent contacts.’

Vieolette was among 70,000 volunteers chosen from 250,000 who applied to help out at the Games. She was able to stay with relatives in the capital and while there she met Lord Coe and watched a basketball event and also athletics. A former pupil at Ribblesdale High School where she has just gained two As and a C in her A levels, Vieolette is now looking forward to taking a year out before returning to her studies.