Good Games for volunteer

One of the photos taken by Julia Lediard at the Winter Olympics: the men's curling final between Great Britain and Canada.

One of the photos taken by Julia Lediard at the Winter Olympics: the men's curling final between Great Britain and Canada.

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A NORTHUMBERLAND woman enjoyed being a volunteer at the Olympics for the second time.

The Event Services team at the recent Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, included Julia Lediard, who grew up in Longhirst.

She had a crowd safety and management role at the cross country skiing and biathlon venue, known as Laura.

The former King Edward VI School student, now health-and-safety officer for the student union at the University of Nottingham, was also a venue manager at the Olympic Park in London 2012.

She said: “Laura was a bit of a pain to get to, but it was the most picturesque venue at the Games and there were lots of spectators because cross country skiing and biathlon are big in Russia.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere at the end of the 50km cross country skiing as it was a one-two-three finish for the host nation.

“There were quite a few things that were unfinished ahead of the Games starting and you couldn’t do much if you didn’t speak Russian, but the volunteers were very enthusiastic and I’m really glad I went.

“I have many great memories, including being at the medal ceremony when Lizzy Yarnold received her gold.

“I saw a few other sports on my days off, including the men’s curling final between Great Britain and Canada.”