When eight Haringey Aquatics (HA) athletes volunteered for the 2015 British Championships, never did they imagine, standing poolside, they'd experience the thrill of watching Adam Peaty break a world record in the 100 breast - 57:92.
This, unanimously, was the culmination of a week full of unforgettable memories for the eight volunteers.
"I don't know if I'll ever get to witness, live, a WR being broken like that again, I feel so lucky," said Haringey Aquatics senior vice captain Nicola Lawrence.
Two of the eight swimmers were medal bearers and the other six volunteered as kit carriers.
"I didn't think I'd get so close to famous athletes, let alone be chatting with them" - Charlotte Ley
The swimmers volunteered for a host of different reasons. To have ring side seats, to experience the atmosphere of an elite sporting competition, and others were hoping to meet famous athletes which they did.
"I had the most amazing conversation with Hannah Miley who said that she had also volunteered like me when she was my age," said Charlotte Ley.
"It was so cool, she was asking me what my favourite stroke was and everything", giggled Ley. "I didn't think I'd get so close to famous athletes, let alone be chatting with them."
Below: HA's Sushi Ghose-Coveney proudly bears Adam Peaty his gold medal
"My swimming idol is Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and watching her win the 200IM and qualify for the world championships was really uplifting," said 2014 HA national swimmer Sushila Ghose-Coveney. "She is someone I look up to, as she is around my age (19) and a fantastic swimmer."
HA parents were enjoying it as much, if not more, than the swimmers and commented on the organisers' professionalism.
"Ellie had a great time doing this and as a parent it was very well-organised," said Rosalind Lee, mother of kit carrier Ellie Crockford, HA’s junior vice-captain. “We received nice e-mails from the organisers with very clear instructions and the kids were well-looked-after whilst working."
"I do have to admit, my feet did hurt after a while," said Megan Boardman. "But when Adam Peaty broke the WR, I forgot all about my tired feet. Seeing how hard he was working, how much his chest was pumping at the finish, sore feet are nothing in comparison."
All eight volunteers said they would do it again, unanimously, tired feet and all!
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