Weymouth and Portland 2012 Olympic volunteers thanked by Prime Minister
David Cameron has praised Weymouth and Portland Ambassadors for their efforts during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
16-year-old Karam Hayre, from Weymouth was invited by the Prime Minister to a special event at Downing Street, representing the Weymouth and Portland Ambassador Programme.
Speaking at Downing Street, David Cameron said: "To see tens of thousands of people giving up their time to support London 2012 has been truly inspiring.
"You have not just helped make London 2012 happen, but through the welcome and spirit you have shown, you have put a smile on the nation's face."
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The volunteers have been providing information and advice to visitors about what to see and where to go during the special events in Dorset.
Karam, who is set to begin studying at Budmouth College Sixth Form was thrilled to meet the Prime Minister.
"I am honoured that out of all the hard-working and enthusiastic ambassadors that I was was chosen to go to number 10" said Karam.
"It's a really great experience and I am so happy that I was given such an opportunity.
"The Prime Minister asked me what we did as Weymouth and Portland Ambassadors and about our favourite Olympic moments.
"I let him know about how we've helped out lots of people and about how I really enjoyed the opening and closing ceremonies from Weymouth Beach and the medal race when Ben Ainslie won gold."
Over 500 ambassadors were recruited from a wide range of backgrounds. More than 80 of them were able to offer information to visitors in a second or third language. Karam was able to offer international visitors advice in Punjabi.
Cllr Mike Goodman, Chairman of the Management Committee at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: "It is fantastic that the Prime Minister has taken the time to thank our wonderful Ambassadors as they really have done an incredible job.
"They have been the smiling faces of Weymouth and Portland during the Games and have worked tirelessly to ensure that our visitors were well looked after.
"I want to thank them all personally for volunteering and really adding to the Olympic and paralympic experience."