Scilly Resident Managing Volunteers At Paralympics

Being offered the chance to manage volunteers at the Paralympics is an honour. That’s how Old Town resident, Julie Elvin, has described her two-week events team leader role at the O2 arena, which starts in just over a week.

Julie says she’s honoured to have been chosen to represent her country and feels the Paralympics is even more important than the Olympics, because of the amazing feats the athletes achieve.

Julie has spent her working life in care and she applied for a placement in the games two years ago as she has a wheelchair-using relative, who is a keen archer.

She isn’t sure what she’ll be doing yet and which events she’ll be assigned to.

Julie says she’ll be staying at a house in Clapham and she is concerned that she may have trouble finding her way around, although she says she’s downloaded an app for her phone to help her get around!

She’ll get a small allowance for travel and a free lunch but she still needs to fund her own travel to the capital and she’s held some fundraising events to bring in the cash for that.

Now, she says, she’d like to borrow a Scillonian flag that she can take to the event, although she says it’s unlikely that she’ll be able to wear it. Julie has been sent a long list of what is banned and restricted at the venue.

She will be taking some Isles of Scilly tourist brochure to distribute too.