29th February 2012
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and British Fencing have agreed a scheme to enable 24 young fencers to volunteer as Young Games-Makers (YGMs) in order to be a part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Selection will be based on LOCOG age criteria (open to those born in 1994 or 1995) and British Fencing junior and cadet rankings at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season. The Cadet Rankings for the 6 weapons will be used to select fencers born in 1995, and the Junior Rankings for the 6 weapons for those born in 1994.
Two fencers within the required age range are being invited from each Cadet and Junior weapon. The initial contact has now been made with the 24 fencers, and should anyone decline their position it will be offered to the next person on the rankings.
Maggie Lloyd-Jones and Aidan Byrne have been appointed by LOCOG as Chaperones for all the YGMs.
YGMs will work in weapon groups of 8 on the days on which their weapon is being contested. They will work on the Field of Play or in one of the two main Warm-up halls, ensuring that the pistes and surrounding areas are clear and prepared at all times. This will give our junior and cadet fencers a great opportunity to see the World’s best fencers in action.