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Keith will be a volunteer press officer for Olympics

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 22, 2012

IM-PRESS-IVE:  Tretherras teacher Keith Barker has been chosen as a volunteer press officer at the London 2012 Olympics.

IM-PRESS-IVE: Tretherras teacher Keith Barker has been chosen as a volunteer press officer at the London 2012 Olympics.

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A TEACHER from Newquay Tretherras Academy is gearing up to man the hectic press office at the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

Keith Barker, the school's head of vocational learning, is one of 70,000 volunteers chosen to help out at the event as Games Makers.

More than 250,000 people applied for the roles, and the selection process saw candidates facing gruelling interviews and challenging workshops.

Mr Barker will be based at the ExCel Centre, liaising with top sports journalists and athletes in the boxing, fencing, judo, table tennis, tae kwon do, weightlifting and wrestling events.

"I'm extremely excited to be selected to be a Games Maker and proud to be representing Tretherras, Newquay and Cornwall," he said.

"I couldn't do it without the support of my wife Jan and friends. This is the chance of a lifetime and I should have wonderful memories and experiences to share in years to come."

Mr Barker will begin his eight-hour shifts on July 25, and work through until August 12.

Some will finish at 2.30am and one in particular does not end until 4.30am, in order to allow the world's media to hit their news deadlines.

Mr Barker says he hopes to use his experiences with his pupils once the Olympics are over.

"It's going to be a wonderful opportunity to experience the Games but also the massive operation that runs behind it," he said.

"Also, I'll be able to meet some of the best press in the business and hopefully share what I learn with students."

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