Olympic dream comes true for Bangor woman
A Northern Ireland woman has spoken of how her Olympic dream has come true - working at the very heart of the London games.
Jennifer Harrison, who is originally from Bangor, in County Down, was chosen from among thousands of applicants to be a volunteer at the Olympics.
She now has the golden opportunity to work alongside Lord Coe, the chairman of the organising committee, and his executive team, during what she describes as "the greatest show on earth".
"I'm really excited, I'm thrilled," she said.
Ms Harrison - who is a public affairs manager at Queen's University in Belfast - will have unique access to all areas for the duration of the Olympics and Paralympics.
"I went to get my accreditation a couple of weeks ago and it's a really brilliant pass," she said.
"It gets me access to all sporting venues and the field of play, preparation areas, Olympic hotels and the media centre.
"Anywhere that he (Lord Coe) might need to go, I've got access to as well."
She began work on Monday but her precise job was being kept under wraps.
"As far as I know it's going to be quite fast paced and busy, a quite high pressured environment," she said.
"There are a couple of people who already work in the office, since before the bid, and I will be helping them.
"It could be meeting and greeting people, it could be doing briefings, general communication work, anything that they need doing really."
She originally applied to be a volunteer in October 2010 - submitting her application 15 minutes before the deadline - and had a number of interviews for a volunteering post.
But she only discovered she had got the prestigious job six weeks ago.
A fluent French speaker, Ms Harrison has also worked in the European Parliament in Brussels and the House of Commons.
She hopes she can put her diplomatic skills to good use in the next two months.
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"I feel very privileged, actually, to have been given this opportunity to work at what is essentially the heart of the Olympics," she said.
"It really is a once in a lifetime experience, given that there were so many people applied to be a volunteer. So I can't quite believe my luck."