Liz on track for Olympics

Liz Milne of Chapel School is working in the Olympic Stadium
Liz Milne of Chapel School is working in the Olympic Stadium
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THEY may be taking place in London, but people from across the High Peak are set to be part of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The eagerly anticipated event begins with the opening ceremony tonight (Friday) and will run until August 12.

Liz Milne of Chapel School is working in the Olympic Stadium

Liz Milne of Chapel School is working in the Olympic Stadium

And High Peak residents are making sure they get involved with the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Chapel-en-le-Frith High School teacher Liz Milne will be rubbing shoulders with the world’s top athletes after being selected as a specialist volunteer for the Games.

Liz, who is head of PE at the school, will be a team leader of the athlete stewards at the athletics.

The role will see her accompanying athletes from warm up and check in to their events in the Olympic stadium.

Liz, a qualified athletics official, has previously been involved at school, county and national athletics events before working at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2002. This was followed by the Manchester Commonwealth Games and then trips to the Olympics in both Athens and Beijing.

She said: “This year’s Olympic Games in London will involve a little less travel for me!

“It is a great opportunity to work at such a prestigious event and I am very grateful to the support given to me by both the school governors and the PE department which has allowed me to attend training earlier this year and work at the Paralympics in September.

“I am sure it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and hopefully will see lots of GB successes, especially in athletics.”

And Liz isn’t the only High Peak teacher who will be part of the historic event - Whaley Bridge’s Malcolm Johnson is set to be the voice of the Olympics.

Malcolm, Stockport Grammar School Junior School’s Year Five teacher, has been invited by Eurosport to commentate on the canoeing during the Games.

A former professional canoeist, who retired from the sport in 2004, Malcolm has been teaching in the Junior School since 2006 and also runs a canoe club for the pupils.

He will be bringing his wealth of personal experience in the sport to his commentary, having himself competed in flat water canoeing at the World Championships, World Cups and European Championships and also having commentated on the Athens Olympics. Later this summer, Malcolm will also commentate on the World Championships.

Malcolm is extremely enthusiastic about this extra dimension to his career, which conveniently fits well into the school holiday.

Also representing the High Peak will be Glossop North End’s first team physio Stacey Arthern, a volunteer medic at the Olympic stadium. In addition, the club’s press man Jonathan Haggart will be based in Manchester, driving dignitaries to and from Old Trafford, where Team GB made their football debut yesterday (Thursday) with a 1-1 draw against Senegal.