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Olympic volunteering

last modified Jan 29, 2014 10:13 AM
Olympic volunteering

Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka with Olympic Super-heavyweight Gold medalist Anthony Joshua at London 2012

Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka was an Olympic Games Maker at London 2012 assigned the role of Athlete Services as part of the Boxing team.

He was one of the team of 16 volunteers responsible for looking after the Olympic boxers at the Excel Arena, as they arrived from the Athletes village, up until and directly after their bouts. For the first time ever, this included male and female boxers. 

"I wanted to be involved, but I never imagined that I would be face-to-face with Olympians on a daily basis.  For a boxing fan, it was something else and being part of history made it even more of a priviliege."

The boxing arena was officially the loudest venue at the Olympics and one of the first to sell-out. Guests attracted legendary boxing figures such as Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Barry McGuigan as well as Sir Clive Woodward, Kate Middleton and Australian cricketer Steve Waugh, some of whom members of the Athlete Services team met.

Boxing took place over all 16 days of the Olympics with 286 athletes spread over 10 men's divisions and 3 women's divisions. Team GB topped the boxing table with five medals including three golds from bantamweight Luke Campbell, super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams who won the historic first ever women's Olympic gold.