Aadil’s golden role at Olympics
A LUCKY sports fan is going for gold at the Games as an official volunteer.
Aadil Kasia is helping to present the athletes with gold, silver and bronze as a flower and medal bearer for the 2012 Olympics.
The 20-year-old will be in London for the duration of the Olmypics and Paralympics as a volunteer at the London Aquatics Centre and the Royal Artillery Barracks, which is hosting the shooting events.
Aadil, of Howard Street, Batley Carr, applied for the role two years ago and was selected to join the 70,000-strong team of volunteers.
On Saturday the dental student was lucky enough to take part in the first medal ceremony of this year’s Games.
He handed the silver medal to the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, who put it on Sylwia Bogacka of Poland, runner-up in the women’s 10 metre air rifle event.
Then on Sunday, Aadil was watched by Princess Anne as he helped to present the gold medal to Chinese athlete Guo Wenjun for the women’s 10 metre air pistol event.
Aadil said: “When I saw the athletes I was awe-struck. The team spirit has been really good.
“There’s a wide age range – our team leader, I think she’s in her 60s, and other guys are 18 so there’s diversity.”
After the games, Aadil will be able to keep his uniform as a souvenir of his Olympic experience.
He said: “I’m currently experiencing some of the best moments in my life and I really don’t want it to stop.
“I hope I’ve motivated other people, especially from our community, to take up new challenges and opportunities too.”
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