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2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 06 August 2012

Chris is live from the heart of the London 2012 Olympic Park. We kick start the breakfast show's two week Olympic extravaganza with exclusive athlete interviews, live music from our Bandstand Grandstand and famous faces are put through their paces.

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    With Duncan Green, Head of Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Services, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012.

    For many years I ran Summer camps on the IOW, with thousands of children and young people passing through them.
    I received an email recently that had bounced around old email addresses before finally finding its way to me. It was from a young man who, as a teenager, had been on these camps several years running.
    He is now married, with children of his own. He had taken them on holiday to the IOW and visited all the places we had taken him. He spoke of the difficult time he had as a teenager and the positive influence and help the camps had given him, along with the lovely memories he now had to pass on to his own children. I was very moved by his words.
    As we go through life, we meet and work with lots of people and we are often unaware of the influence we have on their lives.
    This past week, we have experienced so much excitement and inspiration as Team GB have excelled and we have moved up the medal table. I am sure that every athlete has a story to tell about someone or something that has influenced their lives and performance.
    Our 70,000 Gamesmaker volunteers, who are working at every venue and games site, are having a massive impact on the games and everyone taking part. They are people of every age; grandparents to students, from every walk of life, doctors to shop assistants, all working long hours to serve the Games and make London 2012 a success.
    Each has a story to tell. One girl I met is from Newcastle and has saved up for a year to afford her fare to London and is camping along with others whilst volunteering. Many have overcome personal difficulties to be here, one young man just before he came, had received the all clear after treatment for a serious cancer.
    These, along with thousands of other volunteers, will never know the effect they have on the lives of others they meet with and serve at the games, but they are all very much at the heart of everyone’s success.
    I wonder how, what you do today, will be remembered!


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