At the finish line as Julie completes her Olympic duties
As was mentioned in a recent article in the Recruiter Magazine we have been proud to have had one of our staff seconded for the last two months to work on the Olympics and Paralympics. Julie who has volunteered her time for over 17 years to British Cycling as an events organiser and commissar amongst many other roles was involved in the Olympics from the word go.
Cycling plays a huge part in Julie’s life. It is her past time as well as a second job to her. Whilst supporting the sport she also met her husband 5 years ago in Tobago.
(Left) Julie is 3rd in on the left hand side of this photo of the officials that made the Cycling events possible. (Right) A Press photo shows Julie in an Olympic race acting as Commissar
Julie works for Dutton International as a Health & Social Care Consultant supplying major organisations with Recruitment and Payroll support in Yorkshire and the surrounding regions. Based from our Alexandra House, Leeds Branch Julie has 17 years of Recruitment experience behind her and strengthens the brand with her approach to achieving standards in Recruitment.
We caught up with Julie on her return to find out a little more about her Olympic experience:
Julie, welcome back, how was your time at the Olympics?
It was fun, it was tiring, it was a once in a lifetime experience!
What was your impression of the Games?
Seeing the games come together from two weeks before the opening ceremony, I watched the final pieces being put together to make a wonderful jigsaw. They certainly exceeded my expectations, nothing was left to chance, everything expertly put together. It was the atmosphere and friendliness that really hit home this was the peoples games in a time of austerity. Nothing prepared you for the sheer volume in a venue when Great Britain won a gold medal, the decibels were unbelievable, that I will never forget in a hurry.
Where were you did you stay?
I stayed at the Custom House near Excel, close enough for the DLR link to get to the Olympic Park. Small basic put functional.
Dutton International has had a first-hand involvement in the construction of several Olympic Venues, what did you make of them?
They were the best of their kind certainly the Olympic Velodrome I would class as the best in the world at this present moment in time. The workers excelled themselves on the Olympic stadium and the grounds which were a Kew Gardens within the complex.
Does your role as a Recruiter benefit you in any way in supporting British Cycling?
It helps work well under pressure and nothing fazes you, just a deep breath and carry on calmly. It also helps with the organisational side of things at events. A manager of officials, cyclists and family surrounding them is just like a recruiter.
How does it feel to return back to the Recruitment Industry after a 2 month break?
It feels like I’ve never been away, however the memories keep coming back quite often, I consider it a privilege to work at the Olympics as an Official in my own country.
Welcome back Julie and well done!!