A horticulture student from Rushden is playing a pivotal role in the Olympics.
Simon Peacock, 20, was one of 240,000 people who applied to become an Olympics Games Maker and beat off stiff competition to win one of the coveted roles.
Mr Peacock is part of the Olympic Victory Ceremonies Team and will be responsible for presenting flowers and medals at the white water rafting event at Lee Valley and at the football at Wembley.
He said: “A friend of mine in America was part of the Olympics and she inspired me to apply to take part.
“I first applied in 2009 but it wasn’t until last October that I heard anything and then I had to go for an interview.
“I’ve been involved in lots of things in Rushden, such as Rushden Museum, and I’m part of the town council’s events committee and I think that helped me to get a place.”
Since Mr Peacock was accepted he has been down to London for rehearsals on several occasions.
He said: “Where we rehearsed was right next to the Olympic Park. Every time I go I have to pinch myself to make myself believe I’m really part of the Olympics.
“I’ve always taken an interest in sport and I really wanted to be a part of the Games.”
Mr Peacock is in the second year of his horticulture foundation degree at Moulton College.
He is one of three former Rushden Community College pupils who have been selected to be Games Makers along with Steven Law, 24, of Little Stanion, who will lead a team helping deaf, blind and disabled spectators enjoy the football.
Mr Peacock is a volunteer and does not receive expenses for items such as his travelling costs.
Anyone who would like to sponsor him can contact 01933 317261.