Makers make a splash

Morpeth Lions Club

MEMBERS of Morpeth Lions Club heard about the Olympic experiences of teenagers and officials from Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club (MASC) at a recent meeting.

MASC came through the selection process for the honour of fielding 10 members as Young Games Makers at the Games in London this summer.

However, it had to find £10,000 to meet the costs of sending and training the team for its duties in the Aquatic Centre, as well as during the event itself.

When Morpeth Lions heard of this, it made an initial donation.

However, members also decided that they could help by organising a collection on the day the Olympic Torch Relay came to Morpeth. It included members of Morpeth’s Rotary and Soroptimist Clubs as well and it brought in over £300, which helped the Swimming Club raise the £10,000 from a variety of sources.

As a way of saying thank you, club Chairman Lynda Garland and Young Games Makers Rebecca Proud and Grace Welsh came along to give a presentation on their role at the Olympics.

They brought with them a slide show which revealed what life was like behind the scenes as Games Makers.

At the swimming races, Rebecca and Grace’s role was to come out and stand behind the competitors and collect their kit into boxes to return after the event.

This was all done with military precision as we saw on our televisions during the Games.

The Morpeth members’ main concern was to ensure they retrieved all items of clothing because while some competitors folded everything neatly and placed it in the boxes, others were somewhat haphazard and could throw odd items anywhere. Among those swimming at events involving the Morpeth Games Makers was Olympic legend Michael Phelps.

Lions President Simon Pringle thanked the Games Makers for a most informative presentation and wished them well for the future.

Whilst the Swimming Club would love to be there, they thought being Games Makers at Rio in 2016 may be a little beyond their finances.