Montrose-born man at Olympic games

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montrose-born Ben MacDonald, from Unthank, has been lucky enough to be selected to be a games maker at Glasgow for the 2012 Olympics.

Ben (22), who currently studies Communications with PR at Robert Gordon University, is at Hampden helping out with the Olympic men’s football matches.

His duties involve showing players around and providing any information the teams may need.

He originally applied for the role in 2010 and it was not until September 2011 before he found out he was successful, after attending two interviews.

Before he could start his duties, Ben was required to attend a training session led by Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards.

Ben has received official Olympic uniform, kit bag and watch, plus many more items that he will be able to keep as a memento of his work at the historic London 2012 games.

He has been at the Olympic site since Monday, July 16 in order to prepare for the arrival of the Honduras, Japan, Spain and Morocco teams.

Ben’s mum, Karen said: “It’s given a real insight to what has to be done behind the scenes. Not everyone has the opportunity to do it. It’s special.”

Ben was joined in Glasgow last week by his family, who had managed to secure tickets to see Honduras take on Morocco, and World and European champions Spain take on Japan.