A MAN with learning difficulties has been picked to volunteer at both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tim Branson, who has suffered with mild learning problems all of his life, has been chosen as one of 500 people to help volunteer with the Olympic committee’s staging team.
Tim, 44, who is a member of charity Mencap, which supports people with learning disabilities, will be joining volunteers in the London Games in July.
He will be responsible for helping to set up the podiums for boxing, artery and paralympic shooting and general behind the scenes support.
Tim, who lives in Clapham, said: “It started a long time ago. When we first got the bid for 2012, a lady from Mencap said to me about it and she though I would be good at volunteering.
“I decided to apply in memory of my late dad, I knew he would be so proud for me to do something like this and be a part of history.”
Tim will originally do two training sessions on July 14 in preparation and will then volunteer daily throughout the games.
He added: “I wanted to prove to people that just because you have a learning disability, doesn’t mean you can’t do what you want. This proves we can do anything.”
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