Sunderland workers picked for Oylmpic team

Nathan Emmerson of McDonalds in High Street West, Sunderland, who has been selected to work at the McDonald's next to the Olympic Stadium throughout the games.
Nathan Emmerson of McDonalds in High Street West, Sunderland, who has been selected to work at the McDonald's next to the Olympic Stadium throughout the games.
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TWO Wearside workers are heading south to be part of the Olympics.

Sports fanatic Nick Hilton, 25, will join the Olympic medical team, while Nathan Emmerson, who works at McDonald’s in Sunderland city centre, has been picked for a job at the fast food giant’s restaurant at the Olympic Park.

Nick Hilton, who works in The Galleries, Washington, has been selected for rthe Olympic Medical team as a First Aider.

Nick Hilton, who works in The Galleries, Washington, has been selected for rthe Olympic Medical team as a First Aider.

Nick underwent an 18-month selection process before being chosen to attend the Olympics a as one of 2,500 first aiders.

After his initial application, sports therapy graduate Nick attended a selection event held at The Baltic, in Gateshead. After further interviews, he was accepted on to the team.

Nick, who works at The Galleries in Washington, said he felt honoured to have been selected. “I feel excited and nervous because it is such a big event.I start my first duties as a first aider on July 25 and have a rota to follow.

“I don’t know what events I will be attending yet, but they will all be at the Olympic Stadium.”

Nick has recently finished a course to enable him to teach sports therapy to college students. He would eventually like to become a paramedic.

Nick said: “After the Olympics it’s my aim to become a volunteer for St John’s Ambulance and take the driving qualifications that all paramedics need. This is a career that has interested me and developed as I have got older.”

Nathan, 21, from Pennywell, was selected from more than 87,000 McDonald’s staff across the country to join the 2,000-strong squad of workers at the Olympics.

They were chosen after a rigorous test of their speed, customer service and ability to work as part of a team.

Nathan, who works at the McDonald’s restaurant on High Street West, said: “It was a very good feeling. I was very proud of myself. I always work hard and I had put 100 per cent into it.”

Nathan will travel to London with the crew this summer to work across the four temporary McDonald’s restaurants in and around the Olympic Park.

He said he is nervous and excited at the prospect of serving some of the millions of spectators at the Olympic Stadium.

“I’m a bit nervous because I don’t know what to expect. We’ve been told it’s going to be very busy, but I’m very excited because there’s a lot of benefits from going down. We get a smartphone and tickets to see one of the events. I don’t mind which one I see, they are all good really.”

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