The Olympic Games of London 2012 have recently started, and here we can’t help remembering the ones celebrated in Barcelona, exactly, 20 years ago. At that time, some of those who are currently part of the LF Channel team worked as volunteers to help making possible the games that changed our city forever.
Our Marketing Online Director, Jofre Folch, was one of the more than 30,000 volunteers in the Olympic Games of Barcelona ’92. Here he tells us his experience:
As a volunteer in Barcelona ’92, what did your work consist of?
My volunteering during the Olympic Games of Barcelona ’92 was an experience that I remember with great affection.
My main task was to drive the athletes, mainly from the airport to their destinations, and sometimes I worked as an interpreter too.
We were located in the Industrial School’s facilities at Urgell Street. We were lots of volunteers and army personnel too, so rarely we made more than 2 or 3 transfers per day.
I remember meeting lots of athletes and personnel from the Olympic federations. They were all excited to arrive to our city and start working with their teams and delegations.
Why did you decide to collaborate as a volunteer in the Olympic Games?
As the Olympic Games were approaching, a feeling of solidarity was arousing in those of us who wanted to participate in such a great event and give our time to the organization.
How was the previous preparation for the games? What did the training, workout, rehearsals… consist of?
In my case, after passing some basic driving tests and other psychological exams they organized some training sessions at SEAT’s driving school in the Zona Franca area of Barcelona.
During the training sessions, they provided us with advice on how to face some complicated situations (traffic accidents, attacks, aggressions, etc.).
Driving and, in general, road safety issues had a high importance also.
Do you remember any special anecdote from the Olympic Games in 1992?
Hahaha, I remember that we lost a driver, car included, and he did not come back till the following day. He got lost in Banyoles after transferring the rowing delegation from Zaire. But he did come back with a lot of pins.
What do you highlight from your experience at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona?
The good vibes, the enthusiasm to contribute to the organization as much as we could and, above all, having collaborated in bringing success to the best games ever.
Since then, I have been really active collaborating in other volunteering tasks.