Stephen plays his part in the Olympics

Stephen Baker, of Ellon, will be among thousands of Olympic volunteers in London.
Stephen Baker, of Ellon, will be among thousands of Olympic volunteers in London.

AN ELLON tennis fanatic is counting down the days till the start of the Olympics.

But Stephen Baker will not be watching his favourites, he will be making sure they arrive at Wimbledon with the mininum of fuss.

Stephen, 46, from Ardallie, has been selected as an Olympic volunteer and will be playing his part in assisting with security and ensuring transport arrangements run as smoothly as possible.

He will be among thousands of volunteers at the London event who are known as Games Makers.

They will be tasked with a number of duties including answering any questions, directing people to their seats and helping them to find their way around the venues.

Games Maker recruitment began in September, 2010, and officials sifted through 240,000 applications and interviewed around 100,000 people at selection centres throughout the UK.

Stephen, a social work student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, said : “Tennis is my favourite sport so I’m absolutely delighted to be involved with the Games.

“I’m proud to be one of the 70,000 volunteers. I applied three years ago and have been through four lots of training in London to get to this stage.”

He will be working from July 24 through to August 6 and will have three days off during that time.

Stephen added: “It is a once in a lifetime experience and I can’t wait to get involved.”

In the meantime, he is trying to follow as much of Wimbledon as he can.

He explained: “I haven’t been able to see as much as I would have liked so far, but I’m still enjoying it.”