Posted - 17/09/12 | 0 Comments

Atinuke keeps score as Paralympians go for gold

While millions of us enjoyed the London 2012 Paralympic Games on TV, a member of Clear’s testing team, Atinuke Olatigbe, was one of the many volunteers playing a key role behind the scenes.

After spotting a poster on the Jubilee Line, sports fan Atinuke applied to help – and soon found herself at the ExCeL arena, as one of the data-entry team for the powerlifting competition.

“It was a fantastic experience,” says Atinuke. ” The athletes were wonderful – especially the Nigerian and Egyptian teams – and so were the crowd, who generated a terrific atmosphere.

” At school I enjoyed track events, but powerlifting was something new. It’s highly technical. I worked with a great team that had to check weights, times and scores – but it all went really well, thanks to training and encouragement from our LOCOG colleagues.”

So has Atinuke been inspired to take up powerlifting herself? “No way!” she says. “It requires amazing dedication and practice. I really admire the athletes. And I loved being involved. So if I get the opportunity to go to the next games in Rio, then I’ll happily pack my bags tomorrow!”

Pictured above:  Atinuke with Fatma Omar of Egypt, who won a gold medal and achieved a world record in the Women’s 56kg Powerlifting

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