Olympic volunteer Hayley celebrates

PRESS: Hayley in her role with Press Operations team took cyclists to  speak to the media including triple world champion Gregory Bauge of France who secured two silver medals at the 2012 Games. Photo contributed.
PRESS: Hayley in her role with Press Operations team took cyclists to speak to the media including triple world champion Gregory Bauge of France who secured two silver medals at the 2012 Games. Photo contributed.
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SIR Chris Hoy winning his sixth Olympic gold medal was one of the iconic images of the 2012 games.

And Chinley’s Hayley Lever was there in the Velodrome to take the cycling great through to the assembled media following his victory as part of her volunteer role within the Press Operations team.

Mum-of-three Hayley, said: “We took it in turns to escort the GB cyclists. It was amazing- to share a few moments with them, congratulate them in person, and ask them how they were feeling.

“I was fortunate enough to escort Sir Chris Hoy, on the final night of competition – to witness first-hand the character and conduct that rightly earns him great respect in all circles.

“The time he gave to everyone – journalist, ardent supporter, volunteer seeking a smile – was lovely to see.”

The team of volunteers, from all over the country, met just four hours before the competition started and were straight into the high profile opening night of Velodrome action, with Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish disqualified and Hoy, Hindes and Kenny taking Gold.

“It was crazy – running on adrenaline, the noise was unbelievable,” she said.

For Hayley and her fellow volunteers keeping emotion in check was a tough challenge because as front line Games Makers, in the eye of the crowd and the cameras, they had to remain ‘poker faced’ and not show their support for Team GB.

“Many times I stood impassively ‘on duty’ with tears in my eyes as the GB cyclists were presented with their medals,” said Hayley.

“We perfected the art of out of sight ‘foot tapping’ in excitement and below the fence fist punching, as our team raced to victory.”

The Chief Officer at the Community Sports Trust, Hayley has come back inspired and confident.

“I will take this confidence and skills back to my day job – bringing the inspiration of the Games back to local communities.

“Volunteering at London 2012 is an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.”