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School Reporters count down to 2012

Mayfield pupils interview Boris Johnson

By Abda and Mandeep, 14
School Reporters from Mayfield School, Dagenham

Abda and Mandeep interview Sally Gunnell about volunteering
Abda and Mandeep interview Sally Gunnell about volunteering

It is Tuesday 27 July 2010 and that means, in exactly two years time, it will be the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.

To mark this, we attended an event at St Pancras station in London where the new 2012 shop was being opened. We also heard what the London Olympic organisers and the Mayor of London had to say about volunteering at the Games.

There were TV cameras and photographers all around the shop, whichever way you looked.

The event began with a dance from Diversity and then Boris Johnson, and Lord Seb Coe did an introduction and speech to the awaiting media, including us.

Game makers

The Mayor of London explained how he hopes the volunteering scheme will convince people to get involved. He said that high quality facilities and training would be given, so they would be prepared - and not be scared of anything.

The volunteers have been called "Game Makers" as without them, the Games can't happen.

After the speeches, interviews took place.

Abda (in the foreground) joins the camera crews to capture the event
Abda (in the foreground) joins the camera crews to capture the event

There were cameras flashing, interviews going on, reporters all talking - and everyone seemed so excited.

It was really busy as there were journalists from all over the world, including America and China. We saw a Japanese film crew, as well as reporters from BBC programmes 5Live and Newsround. We also spotted Channel Four and Channel Five film crews.

It really was an international event and so it was amazing we were there to experience it. It was a buzzing atmosphere!

Speaking to the stars

We got the chance to put a question to Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell. She told us how people can volunteer and explained how they will get three weeks training, free travel around London and even a mobile phone.

Then we spoke to Cerrie Burnell who is a presenter for CBeebies. She told us how excited she is about the Olympics coming to London and how she wants to volunteer.

We asked Boris Johnson why he thinks young people should get involved.

Mandeep talks to Boris Johnson about why young people should be involved
Mandeep talks to Boris Johnson about why young people should be involved

As young ambassadors and sports leaders at school, his words really inspired us to think about how we could get involved in volunteering; especially as in summer 2012, we will have just finished our GCSEs and it will be a great way to celebrate.

We think it will be a good opportunity for the people of London to get involved. It is exciting to think of all these different people coming, near your hometown, but there is also a fear of being shown up. We want everything to be ready on time.


The experience was a bit like a dream, as one minute there were cameras flashing in our faces and the next, everything had been packed away and everyone had disappeared.

Being at this event has really inspired us to help out and be involved in any opportunity connected with the London 2012 Olympics.

Two years time still feels ages away, but we are sure the time will pass very quickly.

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