Olympic dream for engineer

DREAM COME TRUE: Walter Whitaker, from Cleckheaton engineering firm Flexitallic, is volunteering at the Olympics.

DREAM COME TRUE: Walter Whitaker, from Cleckheaton engineering firm Flexitallic, is volunteering at the Olympics.

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AN engineering quality inspector is set to become a vital cog in the Olympic wheels when he volunteers as a games maker.

Walter Whitaker, a senior quality inspector at Cleckheaton’s Flexitallic engineers Limited was among 70,000 people selected from 240,00 applicants to work for free during the London 2012 Olympics.

Thrilled Walter said he would be working within the ‘field of play’ and could be marshalling a circuit or working behind the scenes helping cyclists prepare for races.

He said: “I am a patriotic Englishman and a proud Briton. I consider this an opportunity to help promote my country and help deliver the best Olympic Games possible.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in the Olympic Games.

“ I am very excited to be involved in the largest sporting event in the world.”

The 70,000 volunteers will take on a range of roles including welcoming visitors, transporting athletes and helping the technology team to make sure results are displayed as quickly and accurately as possible.

He said successful applicants attended training sessions and many volunteers took part in the London Prepares test events.