A SOFTWARE support analyst with Scottish Widows has been selected to serve as a volunteer in the London 2012 Olympics medical team.
Peter O’Shea, 52, from Union Mills, has become one of some 70,000 Games volunteers.
He will be part of a first responder team based at London Docklands ExCel Centre, where the wrestling, boxing, judo, taekwondo, weightlifting and table tennis events will be staged.
Mr O’Shea has been involved with the British Red Cross for more than 30 years, originally in Ireland in his home town of Dublin and, since 1994, in the Isle of Man.
A keen cyclist and member of the Manx Viking Wheelers cycling club, Mr O’Shea said: ‘It’s a thrilling prospect to be able to apply my first aiding skills during next year’s Olympic Games and to know I’ll be part of the team working at one of Europe’s largest arenas. I am also extremely grateful to Scottish Widows for their support and for agreeing to accommodate my request for leave.’
Scottish Widows managing director Dean Waddingham said: ‘We applaud Peter’s long-standing involvement with the British Red Cross and are pleased his application to be part of next year’s Olympics has been accepted.’
He added: ‘His endeavours are not only a good fit with Scottish Widows’ Great Place to Work strategy that encourages colleagues to participate in team-driven out-of-office volunteering and sporting activities, but also complements our being, as part of the Lloyds Banking Group, the official pensions and investment provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.’