Claire having a ball after golden days at the Olympics

Olympic gamesmaker Claire Wynarczyk from Ashington with her gamesmaker baton and one of the match balls from Wembley where she was based.
Olympic gamesmaker Claire Wynarczyk from Ashington with her gamesmaker baton and one of the match balls from Wembley where she was based.
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Claire Wynarczyk is having a ball now as she looks back over the time she spent helping put on one of the greatest shows on earth.

Claire, of Laurel Drive in Ashington, was one of 80,000 volunteers, dubbed games makers, recruited to help at the Olympics and Paralympics.

The 22-year-old spent two weeks working at London’s Wembley football ground assisting spectators at men and women’s Olympic football matches.

She even got the chance to go behind the scenes at the mens’s final, which saw Mexico crowned gold medallists after beating Brazil 2-1.

Now Claire has her own piece of London 2012 history, an official Olympic football match ball, to remind her what a good sport she was.

Claire, a health service administrator, won the ball in a raffle.

She said: “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I was quite emotional when it was all over. The atmosphere was amazing.

“I have some great memories.”

Prime minister David Cameron announced this week that he would be writing to all 80,000 games makers, including Claire, to thank them for their efforts.

He will tell them: “To see tens of thousands of people giving up their time to support London 2012 has been truly inspiring.

“Quite simply, the games couldn’t have happened without you.”