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London 2012: Guernsey's Craig Duquemin in volunteer bid

One Guernseyman has hopes of being part of the London 2012 Olympic Games by volunteering as a helper.

Craig Duquemin was one of the 200,000 people who applied for the 70,000 "Games Maker" places.

Mr Duquemin works for Lloyds TSB, the event's main national bank sponsor, and has been shortlisted for the 500 places available to its staff.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity... to represent Guernsey at the Olympics," he said.

"Hopefully I'll be able to do Guernsey proud even though it could be collecting cones off a roadside, for me that's just part of the atmosphere."

The business development manager, who is also involved in organising the visit of the Olympic torch to the island, will be interviewed by the organising committee in August.

He said: "An area that they said they are looking at for me is in event services, which is quite a wide spectrum - it could be dealing with the public when they're coming into the UK and looking after hotels, it could be helping with the stadiums.

"What they're looking for is what abilities I have to offer and how good I am to ensure I'm the right person for the role."

Lynn Breban, also from Guernsey and works at Lloyds TSB's St Martin branch, has also made the shortlisted 500.

Mr Duquemin said his ideal job would be to work at the Olympic stadium, but he admitted his expectations are "quite low".

"There are so many people who are needed to make the Olympics work you're not going to guaranteed to get something that is going to be right in one of the stadiums," he continued.

"As long as I'm in the atmosphere I don't mind where it is."

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