Approximately 14,000 athletes from 205 countries will participate in the Games, with another 11,000 coaches, International Olympic Committee members and officials
With the opening ceremony of this summer’s Olympic Games getting closer, London 2012’s ‘Games Makers’, the volunteers who will help ensure the Games are a success, are coming together to receive training for a variety of roles across the venues: from welcoming visitors; to transporting athletes; to helping out behind the scenes in the Technology team to make sure the results get displayed as quickly and accurately as possible.
In mid-June over 100 Games Makers who will be based in the state of the art Polyclinic, located at the heart of the Athletes’ Village, travelled to the venue to receive training from GE Healthcare on how to operate some of the cutting edge technology which will give athletes the best medical service possible during the Games.
GE, a worldwide sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games, has had its healthcare business working with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), to make significant contributions from a healthcare standpoint and offer the world’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes access to state of the art imaging facilities. That’s why, GE Healthcare is supplying MRI, CT, X-Ray and Ultrasound equipment allowing the diagnosis of even the smallest strains and sprains to provide athletes and coaching teams with vital information for competition.
Finn Crotty, Project Manager, GE Healthcare UK & Ireland, working on the Games, said: “This is an extremely exciting day for everyone at GE Healthcare. The volunteers here today are from across the UK and Ireland, some will have never worked on GE equipment and so this is an important opportunity to introduce ourselves and more importantly – our technology to them.”
Approximately 14,000 athletes from 205 countries will participate in the Games, with another 11,000 coaches, International Olympic Committee members and officials. All will be potential visitors to the Polyclinic which will be up and running from mid-July through to September, throughout the Games period. GE Healthcare will provide 24/7 technical and user support for the Polyclinic through a combination of on-site staff and on-call remote staff.
Dr. Phil O’Connor, consultant MSK radiologist from Leeds, UK, and also Imaging lead for the 2012 Olympics expects the team to conduct about 600 MRI examinations. He said: “The Polyclinic houses some of the best equipment in the world for the best athletes in the world. The training of the volunteers today is a huge stepping stone in ensuring we’re ready to go when the time comes. We’re delighted with the enthusiasm and passion of the team and I’m confident we’ll be more than ready for the start of the Games”.
Some of GE’s equipment has already been in use during the recent ‘London Prepares Series’ test events, in particular the equestrian events at Greenwich Park. The venue will host the Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian competitions, plus combined running and shooting in Modern Pentathlon.