Volunteer’s Rio Olympic opportunity

Mike Sheldon of Freiston who is going to be a volunteer at the Rio Olympics. EMN-151230-115924001
Mike Sheldon of Freiston who is going to be a volunteer at the Rio Olympics. EMN-151230-115924001

A former marathon runner and Olympics games maker is set to return to volunteering for 54 days in Rio later this year.

Mike Sheldon, 66, of Freiston, has been accepted for a role as a volunteer at both the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, where he will be working on the transport team.

Mike Sheldon of Freiston who is going to be a volunteer at the Rio Olympics. EMN-151230-115935001

Mike Sheldon of Freiston who is going to be a volunteer at the Rio Olympics. EMN-151230-115935001

Mr Sheldon, a former director of a carpet manufacturing company, was also, four years ago, a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, in the same team.

He told The Standard: “I enjoyed it so much, I didn’t want to miss out on Rio.

“I think the atmosphere of 2012, if it can be as good as that, it could be incredible. I can’t explain – the people, the atmosphere was amazing.”

During his previous role, he transported a variety of dignitaries between the hotel and venues, meeting people including former British athlete Dame Mary Peters, former World Cup-winning England rugby captain Martin Johnson and taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones.

Mr Sheldon is no stranger to travelling, having worked in Istanbul for 16 years, and having completed 54 marathons all over the globe.

They include the New York Marathon in 1982, as well as running the London marathon 11 times.

Mr Sheldon and his wife moved to Freiston from Kidderminster 16 months ago.

Mr Sheldon will spend 54 days in Rio for both events, with a two week break between them, in which he says he might try to explore the area if he can.

However, he says if he’s needed to volunteer he 
will do.