A FUNDRAISER from Mansfield Woodhouse has been chosen to represent Britain during next year’s Olympic Games . . . despite having no interest in sport.
Yvette Price-Mear, of Peafield Lane, said she was delighted to receive news she had beat off competition from hundreds of thousands of people to become one of an 8,000 strong team of London Ambassadors for the games being held
in London during July and August next year.
She said: “It was fantastic - I was checking my email every five minutes waiting for decision. I logged on to the website and there it was - I had made it.”
Yvette got the gig even though she could not care less about the world class sporting activities happening in the city during her stint.
Yvette will be based in Covent Garden providing tourist advice to the millions of extra visitors who are expected in the capital while the games are ongoing.
The theatre lover said she was looking forward to helping folk plan their night at the West End.
Her knowledge of the stage received the ultimate stamp of approval when the British Museum put a record she had made of every performer she had seen on display.
She said: “I can’t wait. I love meeting people and it is going to be fascinating to be able to talk to people that have come from all over the world.
“I won’t be watching any of the games - I’m not interested. But I feel like this is a once in a lifetime to get involved in a very special event.”
To become an ambassador, Yvette travelled down to London for an interview where she proved her knowledge of its landmarks and her ability to work alone and in a team.
Said 49-year-old Yvette: “There were quite a few characters - town criers, pearly kings and queens - it was a very interesting crowd.”
The news is another feather in the cap for Yvette, who was this year recognised for her volunteering work with a prestigious Order of Mercy.
For more than 30 years, she has volunteered and raised money for almost 20 charitable organisations, such as MIND and the British Red Cross.
She is also involved in Ryan’s Appeal, which raises funds for a local toddler with a rare life-limiting disease.
In 1993, she founded the Pet Bereavement Support Group, which has helped more than 11,000 grieving pet lovers.
Now Yvette wants anyone travelling to London for the same period - 21st to 26th July - to get in touch about sharing travelling or accomodation expenses.
l Anyone interested can contact Yvette on 0797 6890111.
l All adult volunteering positions for the Olympic Games have been filled but there are still opportunities for 16 to 18-year-olds.
l Visit www.london2012.com/volunteer.