University of Portsmouth student is offered London 2012 driving seat
17 July 2012
University of Portsmouth student Zach Ward’s London 2012 Olympic Games Maker opportunity is set to propel him into the fast lane and ahead of the career race. The 22-year old is preparing for navigating London’s traffic and carrying very precious cargo for his role as driver within the Olympic Family Services team.
Recently completing a Journalism course, Ward is relishing the opportunity to act as driver to Internal Olympic Committee members and delegates of visiting countries Olympic boards in one of the coveted London 2012 BMWs.
Applying for the Games Maker role at the advice of his mother while still at Portsmouth University, Zach learnt he’d been successful in November 2011: “If I am totally honest, I was not expecting to get a role, but would have been chuffed with anything. Just to be in involved in any way would have been brilliant. It was a fantastic surprise to be successful, and made me really pleased that I decided to apply.”
With a role with such responsibility, the Games Maker training has been thorough, following on from training at Wembley stadium and Hackney Community College. At the role specific training, Zach learnt he’d be driving a BMW, and has been honing his driving skills since: “Considering my last car cost all of £350, to say I was excited was a smidge of an understatement! My last car was a 1996 Citroen AX Dimension, 950cc with four gears, a heap compared to these BMWs.
“We’ve been trained how to take extra care when driving. We have a huge responsibility in making sure our clients stay safe whilst in our company, and the training has hopefully put us in a good position not only to be efficient, but to also keep our guests safe.”
Such training is useful for all recent graduates on the career ladder, and Zach is hoping this will set him lanes apart: “Hopefully this will be something I can look back on with happy memories and a lot of pride. I feel so lucky to have been chosen. All being well, this can be something fantastic to put on my CV, and hopefully make me that little bit more employable for the future.”
With his first day of driving less than two weeks away, its full throttle preparation, and Zach is already predicting the challenges he may face: “Despite the Olympic Routes being opened to the Olympic Family Services team, I think traffic will be the one big challenge.
"Making sure journey times are judged well will also be tricky. Also, on a personal level, I am used to driving on country roads in Suffolk, so it’s going to be a lot different to what I am used to.”
With a variety of opportunities at the Olympic Games, Zach is glad to have signed up to volunteer, saying: “You only live once and it might be the only time to be involved to be such an event.”
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