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Plea for interpreters for Dorset-based Olympic sailors

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Multi-linguists are being called on to assist international sailors taking part in the 2012 Olympic sailing events in Dorset.

Weymouth and Portland will play host to 400 international athletes at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sailing events for the games are to be held at the new-look Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

The council hopes to build a bank of volunteers who are fluent in English plus one or more foreign languages.

Susana de la Fuente Martin, a native Spanish speaker who has already signed up to the programme, said: "It is a pleasure to use my native language to help others and welcome them into the community.

"Last year I introduced myself to the Spanish Olympic sailing team, whom I saw parking their van in town.

"I offered them my details in case they needed any help during their stay in Portland, as they had just arrived to take part in the Sail for Gold regatta."

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