Sara Essa is under starters’ orders after being selected for not one but THREE volunteer roles. The 20-year-old University of Worcester student will be centre stage as part of a dance troupe performing at the opening ceremony on July 27. She will then be pulling on a waterproof jacket as a volunteer for rowing events, which set sail the next morning. And when her watery adventure is over, Sara will be back on dry land working the beat as a special constable for the Met Police.
Sara, from Marlow in Buckinghamshire, told the Birmingham Mail she didn’t expect to be snapped up for so many roles when she applied to take part in the Games. Civic-minded Sara started out as a special constable 18 months ago and will be on duty in Westminster for four days during the Games.
The sports business management student is no stranger to big sporting events, after volunteering at the World Rowing Championships in 2006. Rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave is a family friend, and Sara will spend eight days as one of the rowing start team members, holding the boats for the competitors as they board.