McDonald’s Franchisee Paul Ramsey Swaps Day Job For London 2012 Games Maker
From operating three restaurants in the West Midlands to chauffeuring Olympians, McDonald’s franchisee Paul Ramsey swaps his day job for a once-in-a-lifetime role as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
When McDonald’s franchisee Paul Ramsey successfully applied to be a Games Maker at the London 2012 Games, he switched his day-to-day job overseeing his three restaurants in the West Midlands for a role as a volunteer driver at the London 2012 Olympic Games. As well as enjoying every moment of the experience, Paul’s stint as a Games Maker also reminded him how much strong teamwork can boost motivation and performance at work – something he’s taking back to his restaurants as life returns to normal.
“When I saw an email from McDonald’s about Games Maker opportunities I leapt at the chance to get involved and was soon at Coventry University being interviewed for a role,” says Paul. “I was lucky enough to be selected as a T3 driver, meaning that I would be one of the people responsible for driving dignitaries and athletes around London as a private chauffeur.
“After my orientation and online training, I undertook physical driver training in one of the official vehicles. When I started in my volunteering role, I was still going into the unknown and I was waiting for an exciting new experience to start.
“Each day, I assembled in a group of about 20 and was given an ID number and a car – some days you would be taking athletes straight from the Village to the airport and on others you could have a member of the International Olympic Committee in the back! I had no idea who I was going to pick up on my shift. Throughout the Games, I drove people from the world of business, sport and official dignitaries in my car. My favourite was five-time Olympic medallist and former US basketball player and coach, Teresa Edwards. She had been appointed by the US Olympic Committee as chef de mission for the 2012 Olympic Games and had some great stories to tell. I kept a commemorative notebook in my car and she kindly shared a message with me thanking me for my help. She also gave me a pin badge which I won’t forget!
“My experience as a Games Maker has really underlined the importance of teamwork to me, which is something that I’ve been able to take back to my day-to-day job. The great teamwork that we experienced across the whole country was inspired by Team GB’s performance and I genuinely believe that success rubs off on a team. I know how important it is to keep a happy workforce and this experience has shown me that every person plays a vital role in making a big success.
“I can honestly say that my Olympic experience surpassed all of my expectations – I got to see the Opening Ceremony rehearsal, the Spice Girls rehearsing for the Closing Ceremony on top of black taxis and even caught glimpses of David Beckham, Prince William and Kate! This was one of the best experiences of my life and was very personal to me. I know I played a vital role and it has made me seriously consider applying to volunteer at Rio 2016, so I can enjoy the Olympic experience once more.”