Olympic reflections


Brother James was fortunate enough to form part of the Chaplaincy team in Weymouth during the Olympics. His blog contains a record of his experiences and reflections  and further images of the games.


Post Olympic reflection

..There were various other groups of volunteers and salaried workers providing services in the village (e.g. catering, security, recreation, residential operations, IT/computers, polyclinic, etc…). With our room being next door to the recreation room we spent much our time there mixing with the sailors, coaches, team administrators and recreation room volunteers as they played table-tennis, baby football, video games, watch the olympics on TV, etc… When invited we ourselves would join in such games. At other times we would simply walk around the Village, making ourselves available to help with any jobs that required extra pairs of hands and chatting with the various people we met, offering support and encouragement to our fellow volunteers. These informal moments of contact provided opportunities to get to know people which would sometimes lead to deeper conversations about spiritual matters.

We had daily morning and evening prayer services in our Chaplaincy room which we maintained throughout the Games. A few of the sailors, team staff and fellow volunteers would sometimes join us, but we felt it was important to pray for those in the Village even on the days when nobody came to join us.

The whole experience was very rich in human terms, providing many moments that will stick in my memory. It was a pleasure to work with such a committed and enthusiastic team of Games Maker volunteers, especially the other 5 members of our multi-faith Chaplaincy team. As a team we got on very well with each other. In fact, we hope to meet up as a group for a meal in the coming weeks and intend to keep in contact.

It was a privilege and an honour to be part of such momentous and successful event and to help, even in just a small way, to promote the values of the Olympic movement.