A WOMAN is to realise her Olympic dream – as a volunteer driver at the games.
Ever since she was a child and a keen runner, Annette Bolger, 54, has had a passion for the Olympics.
Sadly, she never got the chance to realise her ambitions on the track, but now the nurse from Knott End is devoting her own time and money to get as close to the event as possible.
Mrs Bolger, of Rosslyn Crescent East, will act as a driver for VIPs in Newcastle, where some of the group matches for the events’ football tournament will be held.
She paid her own way to London to complete the training required for the role and will also shell out £400 so she can stay in Newcastle for the two weeks of the event.
She said: “When I was a child I was a good runner – a sprinter.
“I could have run for the Blackpool town team but my mum wouldn’t let me.
“I’ve watched the Olympics on the old black and white telly and wondered if I had received the training I could have been there.
“I’ve always been keen on the Olympics and running seems to be in the family - my daughter is a very good fell runner.
“When I heard the Games were coming I couldn’t believe it.
“I was so proud to think they were going to be coming here in my lifetime. I just wanted to get there somehow.”
Mrs Walker, who works at the St Albans Nursing Home in Knott End, will have the chance to rub shoulders with some big names.
She will be driving VIPs around the area and the teams playing in Newcastle include Spain, with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, and Brazil with star striker Neymar.