Olympics 2012: Worksop readers share their experiences

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WORKSOP soldier Private Lisa Stevens has been working as part of the venue security team at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Pte Stevens, 23, of 38th (City of Sheffield) Signal Regiment (Volunteers), said the Olympics are a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.

“I volunteered as soon as possible and have really enjoyed it. The fans are really friendly and happy to see soldiers working to ensure the event is safe and secure,” she said.

Pte Stevens, right, who works for the Royal Mail and who has been in the TA for three years, enjoyed watching athletics in the Olympic Stadium and diving.

“It’s great to have seen both sides of the Olympics, as a worker and a fan. I watched Usain Bolt in the 100m heats and Jess Ennis on her way to gold, which was brilliant,” she said.

Troops working at the Olympic Park are living in temporary accommodation at Hainault Forest Country Park.

Pte Stevens said: “The accommodation at Hainault is good. I’ve got an en suite room, the food is really nice and there are good welfare facilities.”

In total 18,200 military personnel were involved in the police and civilian-led security effort for the Games.