Sunderland call centre rub shoulders with Paralympics stars

Picture by Darren Cool
Picture by Darren Cool
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CALL centre workers got the chance to mingle with Paralympic medal-winning athletes in London.

Staff from EDF Energy at Doxford celebrated Team GB’s success in London with the company’s charity partner, The British Paralympic Association.

The staff gathered at Paralympic GB House next to Olympic Park, which was headquaters for the team throughout the games.

There they met Liz Johnson, who won bronze in the 100m breaststroke, and Tom Aggar, who competed in the single sculls rowing final, and won Paralympic gold in Beijing.

Emma Shearer, community specialist at EDF in Doxford, said: “They are so down to earth and so easy to speak with.

“To be honest, I was totally starstruck speaking to two amazing Paralympic champions.”

Emma added: “I feel so lucky and privileged to be in a room with all these amazing athletes.”

EDF provided 240 Games Maker volunteers for the games and seven employees from Doxford were volunteers at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Liz Johnson said: “While competing you are very much focused on your sport and not really aware of what is happening around you.

“It is so nice that I can share my victory with them as without them and the support of the nation we wouldn’t have had such a successful Games.”

British Paralympic Association boss Tim Hollingsworth said: “I would like to thank all at EDF Energy for the money that they have raised to support The British Paralympic Association.”

He added: “It is because of such support that we were able to put forward at London 2012 a Paralympics GB team that made the nation proud.

“EDF Energy staff have shown great enthusiasm and effort for our cause.”

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