In 2011 along with tens of thousands of others I volunteered for the London 2012 games to take part in the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies. What followed was over 8 months of rehearsals and the most amazing experience I have ever had. From being a part of the epic opening sequence of the Industrial Revolution to leading the Russian team out at the closing of the Paralympics it was life affirming in every way

The fact that almost 10,000 people kept the secret didn’t surprise Cottrell Boyce. “Those volunteers redefined the nation for me,” he said. People who are motivated by things like love, family, friendship and humanity are the ones who have something to offer.”
— The Guardian