Custodian lands official role in Olympics

Lena Pledger

King's custodian Lena Pledger has been chosen to work in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Lounge at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

During the games, Swedish-born Lena will be meeting and greeting members of the IOC, providing customer care, and supervising their exclusive seating area in the stadium. She may also need to take them down into the arena when they present medals to the athletes.

She will be working in the stadium during the opening ceremony on 27 July, and during the athletics events from 3 to 12 August. She hopes to catch a glimpse of some of the most anticipated events, like the 100m final.

'I just think it will be absolutely fantastic', she says. 'My dream has always been to carry the sign in front of the Swedish athletes, but this will be just as good!'

Although the job is voluntary, it is one she has wanted to do for some time. 'I watched the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and saw the volunteers there,' she says, 'and I thought "I'd love to do that - it looks brilliant!"'.

She was working in the Cambridge Tourist Office in 2005 when it was announced that the 2012 Olympics would be in London, and applied as a volunteer straight away. Her background in tourism and customer care helped her land one of the most prestigious volunteering roles.

After the excitement and glamour of the Olympics, she will be returning to man the gates at King's as usual.

9 July 2012