‘Awesome’ role in Olympic opening ceremony

Jonny Calvert in costume for the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday night. Photo supplied
Jonny Calvert in costume for the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday night. Photo supplied

‘AWESOME’ was how a Boston Grammar School old boy described his role in the Olympics opening ceremony.

Jonny Calvert, 31, was one of the volunteers in costume during the ceremony’s industrial revolution segment.

“It was a great experience and particularly awesome that it was in front of so many millions of people,” he said.

“I was involved in a 15 minute bit where they forge the rings, and again at the end, but was only on screen for about 20 seconds as they cut quite a lot of it.”

Jonny said he had to learn seven different routines, which kept getting changed before the event.

“I didn’t even know I would be dancing when I went down for the audition, so I guess I was kind of tricked into it,” he said.

“I have kept my costume, and plan to wear it out on Friday nights.”

Jonny, who now works for RBS bank in London, left Boston aged 18, but often returns to see his parents who still live in the town.

He added: “We all had to sign forms to say we were not going to divulge any secrets about the ceremony, but I wouldn’t have wanted to ruin the surprise for anybody any way.”