Eight-Time World Champion Surfer and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Ambassador, Layne Beachley, has just landed in London, ready to take on her role as Athlete Liaison Officer at the 2012 Olympic Games. Read on for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the sporting event of the year…
I was extremely proud, honoured and excited to be considered to fulfil such an important and prestigious role.
I will arrive at the Olympic Village 10 days before the games start so initially my role will be to greet the athletes as they arrive and assist with the orientation. Obviously my job upon arrival will be to orientate myself so I don’t get us all lost!
The four ALOs (John Eales, Steve Waugh, Keiren Perkins and myself) have been allocated specific sports, which we are to focus on. Mine include athletics, boxing, women’s road cycling, gymnastics, women’s hockey, women’s swimming, modern pentathlon, triathlon, table tennis and weight lifting, so I will be attending a couple of pre-Olympic training camps for a few of those sports.
Once the games begin it will be part of my role to appear at each and every event and support the athletes in the endeavour to perform their best, be a shoulder to cry on or offer last minute advice. What an experience it is going to be.
I have an infinity pass, which allows me to go wherever the athletes can go! I have also been advised that we will do most of our mentoring in the dining hall as this allows us to talk to a variety of athletes in a more relaxed environment.
– Layne Beachley
Right before Layne Beachley boarded her plane to London, she spoke to Angie Christofis, Editor of our Destinations Magazine…