Nice work if you can get it

HANNAH FLEMING
Last updated 05:00 03/08/2012
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Laura Crombie

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A trio of former New Plymouth District Council employees are having the time of their lives as they work the Olympic frontline.

Laura Crombie and Sam Bury from the council events team, along with Rugby World Cup manager Jenny Mills, have all landed jobs right in the thick of the world sporting event.

Speaking to the Taranaki Daily News from her post at Earls Court, Miss Crombie said she was experiencing the most amazing time of her life at the Games.

"It's one thing being in London, but it's another actually having the opportunity to be involved with the Olympics," she said.

"Being involved in something on such a large scale is unreal."

Miss Crombie is working as part of the command control and communication team, based at the volleyball, but also had the opportunity to work in the Olympic Park and Excel venues leading up to the opening ceremony.

She said she had experienced two memorable moments so far.

"The first one was watching the dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony and the second was seeing the gates open at Earls Court for the first time to all spectators.

"I was blown away," she said.

While she had not rubbed shoulders with any big-name athletes yet, she had run into Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Prince Harry and William are reportedly doing the rounds, so we have our fingers crossed," she said.

Mr Bury is working as a venue manager at the Olympic Stadium, while Ms Mills is the operations manager for the same venue.

Council recreation and events manager Brent Thawley said to have three former employees working at the Olympics showed the quality of the council's team.

"We are very proud of the crew, but not surprised they've been snapped up by the Olympics.

"It's great to see them applying their expertise on the largest sports stage in the world."

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