VOLUNTEERS from Sheffield who helped at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics have been urged not to waste their skills.
More than 40 Games Makers who live, study or work in the city were invited to the Town Hall for a reception with Coun John Campbell, Lord Mayor of Sheffield.
And they were urged to continue their volunteering spirit at some of the many sporting events taking place in the city, including the Tour de France next year.
Ben Brailsford, council event manager, told the gathered Games Makers: “You have some great experience and knowledge. What we don’t want to do is lose that.”
Paying tribute to the volunteers, Coun Campbell said: “This reception is to celebrate and acknowledge the people of Sheffield who were London 2012 Games Makers.
“The Games Makers have been quite rightly praised as one of the key successes of London 2012.
“It seems many of you have been bitten by the bug and want to continue being involved and have already put your names down for events.
“This reception is to say thank you and for me as mayor to say my personal thanks to you for the credit you brought Shefield as ambassadors of the city.”
Accountant Kevin Reaney, from Shiregreen, was at the reception.
The 30-year-old, volunteered in the victory ceremonies team at the Olympics, as a medal and flower bearer.
He said: “It was nice to be recognised by our home city and acknowledged by the Lord Mayor.”
Primary school teacher Helen Vickers volunteered in event services at Lords Cricket Ground during the Olympics, helping spectators.
The 31-year-old, from Hillsborough, who works at Malin Bridge Primary School, said: “We hosted the greatest show on Earth and it was spectacular.
“The venues were gorgeous, we were ready and we silenced all the doubters.”